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India May Pull Rug Out From Under Abbas in UN Vote

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

India is giving serious consideration to changing its supporting vote for the Palestinian Authority proposal to expel the Israel Defense Force from all territory conquered in the 1967 Six Day war by 2017, according to The Hindu newspaper.

If India takes such a step, it will be a major change in the country’s foreign policy, which until now has supported the PA in UN votes.

But India is one of Israel’s most important customers in the market for military hardware, and the two nations have tightened ties in recent years. Nevertheless, India has continued to ignore Israel when the chips are down at the UN, and Jerusalem has started to remind its ally that friends don’t treat friends that way.

The PA resolution was submitted to the United Nations Security Council last Wednesday by Jordan. Although it requires a majority of nine votes to pass, the measure can still be vetoed by any of the five permanent members of the Council.

Speaking at a Hanukkah-lighting ceremony with IDF soldiers at a base near Latrun, Netanyahu made it clear that Israel would not allow international pressure to endanger the lives of its citizens.

“In this struggle that we are in, Israel is being attacked on two fronts simultaneously. It is being attacked by the terrorism of Hamas and the other terrorist organizations. It is also under a diplomatic attack led by the Palestinian Authority and which is designed to deny us our very right to defend ourselves and seeks to deny us the legitimacy of our very existence. We are rebuffing both of these attacks.

“Over the weekend we sent a clear message to Hamas – we are not prepared to countenance the firing of even one rocket and we are responding accordingly and in strength. We also have a clear message to those who are leading the diplomatic assault against us.

“It could be that the Palestinians will, in the very near future, submit to the UN Security Council their proposal to unilaterally force on Israel the establishment of a Palestinian state as well as other conditions that are unacceptable to us.

“We expect the responsible elements in the international community to reject this proposal; in any case, we will vigorously oppose it and will, of course, not act in accordance with any diktat.”

Spike

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

India is buying $525 million dollars worth of Spike anti-tank missiles from Rafael. This is what they’re buying…

Israel Beats Out US for $525 Million Arms Sale to India

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

India has chosen to purchase Israel’s Spike anti-tank missiles, made by Rafael, after rejecting a competing offer for US Lockheed Martin’s Javelin missiles, according to a Reuters report.

India will buy 8000 missiles and 300 launchers from Israel.

Faced with attacks from Pakistan and tension with China, India wants to the weapon’s procurement deal to go through fast.

Spike is an Israeli fourth generation portable fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile. The Spike missile works by locking onto its target before launching. Some variations allow for the operator to make in-course corrections, and even choose new targets mid-flight.

The missile uses a double warhead, the first to detonate any explosive reactive armor and the second to destroy and penetrate the underlying armor.

India is currently the world’s largest arms buyer, so hopefully, Israel will see many more deals in the future.

India, Israel PMs Pledge Closer Ties Ahead of UN General Assembly

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met late Sunday night in New York shortly after Netanyahu arrived in the city to prepare for his address to the United Nations General Assembly, set for Monday September 29.

Modi is making his first visit at the UN General Assembly since he led his Hindu nationalists to a sweeping victory in April-May elections.

The first such meeting in more than 10 years, both leaders were smiling as Netanyahu expressed “delight” at meeting Modi, and immediately invited him to visit Israel. If the Hindu prime minister of India agrees, it will be a “first.”

The two discussed the threat of Islamic terror in the face of a recent statement by Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri announcing the establishment of a new branch of the international terror group in southeast Asia.

Also on the agenda were other security and development issues, among them the matter of international sanctions on doing business with Iran. India is one of the nations that has reduced its import of Iranian oil in compliance with the sanctions – Netanyahu reinforced the importance of that move with an explanation of the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear development program.

“I believe that if we work together, we can do so with benefits for both our peoples and well beyond,” Netanyahu said during a press briefing held during their meeting. “We are very excited by the prospects of greater and greater ties with India. We think the sky’s the limit,” he added, describing both nations as “ancient civilizations” that are also democracies. Modi echoed Netanyahu’s words. “I agree with you that the ties between Israel and India are historic ties.” He added that, “India is the only country where anti-Semitism has never been allowed to come up and where Jews have never suffered and have lived as an integral part of our society.”

Trade between Israel and India at present stands at approximately $6 billion, according to figures published in New Delhi. India is one of Israel’s largest defense industry clients.

Netanyahu to Hit Back At Abbas in United Nations

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will fly to the United States Sunday morning to counter-punch Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and also meet with President Barack Obama.

“After the Iranian president’s deceptive speech and Abu Mazen’s [Abbas] inciteful speech, I will tell the truth of Israel’s citizens to the entire world. In my UN General Assembly speech and in all of my meetings I will represent the citizens of Israel and will – on their behalf – refute the slander and lies directed at our country,” the Prime Minister stated Saturday night.

He will speak at the United Nations on Monday, meet with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday and with President Obama on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Netanyahu will begin his visit by meeting on Sunday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first meeting in over a decade between the prime ministers of Israel and India.

Chabad of Mumbai Reopens Nariman House in India

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

In two days, a building that six years ago was soaked in blood and tears will instead be filled with light and joy, as Chabad of Mumbai’s Nariman House reopens its doors.

More than 25 Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries will attend the reopening set for Tuesday, August 26 along with other honored guests led by current co-directors, Rabbi Yisroel Kozlovsky and his wife Chaya.

The couple are continuing the work started by Rabbi Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg, who together with four of their guests were murdered in cold blood by Pakistani jihadist terrorists in November 2008. Only their two year old son Moishe, saved by his Indian nanny Sandra, survived the bloodbath. Both were brought home to Israel by Rivky’s parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Shimon Rosenfeld.

Despite the devastation that followed the attack — Nariman House was only one of ten sites that were struck in a city-wide mass casualty attack by the 10-man terrorist cell — Chabad’s outreach to Jews in Mumbai continued.

“We remember what happened, but we are working for the future,” Kozlovsky told Chabad.org this week.

All of the activities that took place at Nariman House prior to the attack will continue, he said, and hopefully the program will expand further. Chabad of Mumbai was established by the Holtzbergs in 2003 to serve Israeli backpackers, international Jewish business people and the local Indian Jewish community, he pointed out.

With funding from the Rohr Family Foundation and strong mentoring from Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch — the educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch — the Holtzbergs purchased Nariman House and set up their program.

Kotlarsky underlined the importance of never giving in to terror. “We didn’t pause after this great tragedy,” he said. “We regrouped immediately and continued working, never stopping. That was our response to what happened in Mumbai. We build communities… serving the Jews in Mumbai, locals and foreigners, was and continues to be our priority.”

The reopening of the Chabad center is timed to coincide with the regional conference of more than 25 Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in Asia, organized by Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor, regional director and head of Chabad of Thailand. Kantor has been deeply involved in the renewal of Nariman House, as he was involved in the development of the original Chabad center as well.

Combating ISIS influence in India

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Once again,  a  group of fanatics seems determined to end the age-old atmosphere of peace and harmony in Indian society, taking the nation towards the  Islamisation of the kind  Wahabbists have long been preaching. Reports are that  India’s Sunni theologian Maulana Salman Nadvi of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama recently greeted   the  self-appointed caliph and head of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Now  he has asked the Saudi government to prepare an army of Indian Sunni Muslim youth to fight against the Shia militias in Iraq and elsewhere.

 

The National Democratic Alliance government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi must remain vigilant against such fanatic elements in Indian society and take all appropriate measures aimed at  neutralizing them as early as possible. It would not be wise to treat the rise of  the ISIS lightly . The whole world knows this terrorist outfit aims to install an Islamic world caliphate, of which India, along with many other pluralist nations,  would be included. Sharing its  ideology in common with al-Qaeda, Taliban and other Wahabist Islamist outfits, the ISIS preaches hatred and violence against    whoever does not subscribe to its radical, militant theological version.Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi  has reportedly already  ordered Muslims to obey him in his call for a ‘global jihad.’

 

In its operations and activities the ISIS  has been  far  more aggressive and dangerous than its once ideological source al-Qaida.  It has made a rapid advance in a very short time .  Beginning just as a mere group of  al-Qaida in the region, it took the shape of Islamic State in Iraq in 2006 in the wake of escalation of the  crisis the post –dictator Saddam Hussein phase generated in the country.  As another crisis escalated in the neighborhood of Syria under its autocratic presidency of Bashar al Assad. this terrorist group metastasized into an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Now it  is known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Syria, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, and parts of Turkey.) 

 

There are reports that the influence of ISIS has been increasing in India. Some Indian youths have recently called up their families from Syria and confirmed they are  fighting for it. They have said that they are safe and their entire family would go to ‘jannat’ or heaven because of the ‘work’ they are doing as part of ISIS. Indications are that if  these youths, currently fighting in Iraq and Syria, are victorious there, they would  return to India only to help (with support from other Islamist nations and their  various accomplices in the Middle East) ISIS carry out its anti-India designs.  Also, the presence of such die-hard Islamist fighters would embolden some other like-minded forces in India .

 

The civil society too should come forward in India and do its best to keep off all such fanatic elements from vitiating the atmosphere of peace and harmony in the country. The larger Muslim community must play a special role in this. For centuries it has been as integral as any other segment of Indian society to this ancient civilization’s glorious  syncretistic traditions. This must be maintained and advanced in the service of humanity, the core of Islam (and all other religions ).    

 

It is heartening to learn that Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi of All-India Ulema Council, the umbrella organization of clerics, has in a way already disapproved of the above-mentioned action of  Maulana Nadvi. Daryabadi has reportedly said, “If this is true, it’s unfortunate. Indian Muslims share the pain of their brothers elsewhere but it’s futile to see the crisis in Iraq and Syria from the Shia-Sunni prism. Some forces are bent on dividing the Muslims. Such letters will only widen the gulf between the two sects.”

 

Needless to mention, the ISIS poses a great threat to the entire civilized world in general and liberal democracies in particular. The self-styled commander of ISIS Ibrahim Awaad al-Badri vowed war against democratic India ( and others ). This demands that all democracies get really serious about checkmating this Islamist outfit .

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