India's Imperatives – the Internal Security Field and Israeli Imperatives for Strategic Cooperation with India

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India’S Imperatives – the Internal Security Field

  • “Israel is in almost permanent state of war and has been since its birth in May 1948. It is surrounded by hostile nations and a constant, threat so the rules of defence and intelligence must differ from those that apply in America or other Western countries.”11 India is in a similar predicament and the Israel experience would be valuable.

  • Israel’s border management and counter – terrorism techniques could help India in getting over its major weaknesses in internal security management.

Israeli Imperatives for Strategic Cooperation with India

The Israeli imperatives may not incorporate a wide a list as the Indian requirements. The major ones are:

  • India offers vast markets for arms sales. India’s weapons and military equipment requirements in the next ten years add up to billions of dollars.

  • India needs autonomous sources of both military equipment and technology in the fields of nuclear power generation, space technology and satellite imagery. Attractive market exists for Israel in India.

  • Cost effective joint defence production.

  • India is a vast market for Israel’s super speciality – agro-tech industries.

  • Israel’s hi-tech industries could find India as an attractive market for sales, transfers and joint production and marketing.

  • Tapping India’s advanced IT industry for both civil and military uses.

Defence & Strategic Cooperation

  • In 2008, Israel surpassed Russia as the largest arms supplier to India

  • Rise of Islamic terrorism in both countries have generated a solid strategic alliance

  • India has purchased Barak-1 missiles from Israel

  • Barak-1 has the ability to intercept anti-ship missiles such as the Harpoon

Purchased Rafael Advanced Defence System

Trade

Science and Technology

  • In the areas of nanotechnology, IT, water technology, space & aeronautics, alternative energy and biotechnology

  • Indo-Israel Joint Committee of scientists

Space

  • India launched a military satellite, TecSAR, for Israel through ISRO in 2008

  • In 2009 India launched RISAT-2 which is based on the technology deployed in Israel’s TecSAR

Jordon, Palestine

Syria

  • Consolidation of the political ties. India and Syria were together part of the NAM.

  • President Pratibha Patil visited Syria in November 2010

  • First Indian President to visit Syria

Signed Three MoUs

  • On cultural cooperation for 2010-2013

  • An MoU between the General Organisation for Radio and Television in Syria and Prasar Bharti

  • An MoU between the Syrian Arab News Agency and the PTI

  • Syrian President Basher-al-Assad expressed the hope that India would use UNSC forum to place the Arab case before the world.

India is Participating in Power Projects in India

  • More scope for economic cooperation

  • Current bilateral trade stands at only $530 mn

Yemen

Manama dialogue

India-Gulf

Pg. 1853, Annual Report

UAE

President Pratibha Patil visited in November 2010

Economic Ties

  • UAE has about 1.7 mn workers from India. UAE needs Indian workers as human resource.

  • Free Trade Agreement

  • Bilateral trade of $43 bn (grew from $170 mn in 1970)

Energy Security

  • It is the 5th largest oil supplier (to India or to world?)

  • India needs to have good relations with it for securing uninterrupted energy supply

Strategic Ties

  • Peace in the Middle East is in India’s interest

  • Defence cooperation between the two countries is increasing

  • Sea lanes need to be protected because it is a very important route for India

  • Anti-terror cooperation growing.

Areas of Cooperation

UAE can cooperate in infrastructure development and energy security in India.

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