Indi­a’s Israel Policy

P.R. Kumaraswamy
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By – September 1, 2011
In this insight­ful and lucid book, Pro­fes­sor Kumaraswamy traces the para­dox­i­cal rela­tion­ship between India and Israel from the 1930’s when Mahat­ma Ghan­di expressed his pas­sion­ate oppo­si­tion to the estab­lish­ment of a Jew­ish state in the Mid­dle East to the present day when Israel and India have forged strong com­mer­cial and mil­i­tary bonds.

For more than forty years, until India estab­lished diplo­mat­ic rela­tions with Israel in 1992, India’s for­eign pol­i­cy con­cern­ing Israel was fil­tered through an Islam­ic prism” and ranged from indif­fer­ence to hos­til­i­ty, depend­ing on world events, includ­ing the Sinai cam­paign and the Cold War, dur­ing which India was allied with the Sovi­et Union. The col­lapse of the Sovi­et Union com­bined with India’s great pow­er aspi­ra­tions” has changed the focus of her for­eign pol­i­cy and drawn her­clos­er to both the Unit­ed States and Israel. I

n a con­cise, yet fact-filled and high­ly read­able expo­si­tion of the his­to­ry of the last eighty years, Kumaraswamy presents the views of the many per­son­al­i­ties who impact­ed the poli­cies of India, the West, the Arab states, and a suc­ces­sion of Zion­ist and Israeli lead­ers. India’s Israel Pol­i­cy is essen­tial read­ing, for any­one who wish­es to gain an under­stand­ing of Realpoli­tik” in a non-Euro­cen­tric world. Bib­li­o­graph­ic ref­er­ences, index.
Peter L. Roth­holz head­ed his own Man­hat­tan-based pub­lic rela­tions agency and taught at the Busi­ness and Lib­er­al Arts (BALA) pro­gram at Queens Col­lege. He lives in East Hamp­ton, NY and San­ta Mon­i­ca, CA and is a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Jew­ish publications.

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