Visits by Indian leaders were better under BJP: Israel

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    Visits by Indian leaders were better under BJP: Israel


    Lamenting the lack of high-level visits from India under the UPA government, senior officials at the Israeli foreign ministry told US diplomats that it was "better under the Bhartiya Janata Party government," according to a classified US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

    Despite burgeoning defence and trade ties, "Israel is concerned about the lack of high-level visits and other exchanges with India. The last visit by an Indian Foreign Minister was in 2000, with a November 2007 visit called off at the last minute," deputy Director general for Asia and Pacific at Israel's foreign ministry Ruth Kahanoff told US diplomats.

    "Kahanoff believes that India is restrained in the relationship (with Israel) by its large Muslim population, their concern about relations with the Arab world, and lingering elements of the Non-Aligned Movement/Nehru ideology," the US embassy cable revealed by WikiLeaks said.

    Giora Bacher, Director at Israel's foreign ministry Asia and Pacific Desk, also attending the meeting, added that the "visits were actually better under the Bharatiya Janata Party government".

    Kahanov also pointed out to US political counsellor Marc Sievers and others present during the December 2007 meeting that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited India in 2003, but no Indian Prime Minister has ever come to Israel.

    He also complained about Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari giving a speech attacking Israel, which she saw "as a sign that India is still trying to find its place in the world".

    Bacher told US officials that her country's current relationship with India is dominated by defence cooperation and other trade.

    Report : Indian Express
     
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    I would say India want its relation with Israel at low profile not becoz of green color above but coz of red color. India need Arab world in its hand to counter pak land and want relation with Israel too. That's y u can see our relation with Jews are not hyped but important and strong:israel::hug::india:
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    And who has given them the right to pick and choose who's better ?

    They should put up with whomever the people of India elect or stop moaning.
     
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    why so bitter??? there are just giving their views about current relations.
     
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    It's probably because Indo israeli relations are based just on defense supplies and business is happening as usual. Beyond that there is some cooperation in the agri field. So i think India is on auto pilot mode with Israel.

    May be the leaders for some imaginary reason think Indian muslims have anything to do with Palestine. So they are a little low key as far as Tom toming it's relations with Israel.
     
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    For once I agree its not for foreigners to decide that or is it because under BJP George Fernandes gave them huge contracts
     
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    Kunal Biswas Member of the Year 2011 Moderator

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    It was not something open..

    And i fear that Major Defense deal may be blocked for this...
     

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