India is buying $525 million dollars worth of Spike anti-tank missiles from Rafael. This is what they’re buying…
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushama Swaraj and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaih Nadu deserve applause for having rejected some of the Opposition members’ demand in the Indian Parliament to condemn Israel’s ongoing air and artillery bombardment of the Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip . Last week some members of the Parliament argued that the strikes had led to the deaths of over two hundred Palestinians, including some civilians and children and as such New Delhi must condemn this “ aggression.” and demand a halt to the attack. Minister Swaraj retorted, “ any discourteous reference to any friendly country would affect relations.” Her colleague Naidu echoed similar sentiments.
One finds any such demand to condemn Israel is absolutely discriminatory. The lack of fairness herein is clear from the fact that those Opposition members who have made this demand seem to be so upset about the death of a couple of hundred in Gaza but they have hardly ever been moved when many Middle Eastern regimes have indulged in or been parties to the cold-blooded killings of the hundreds of thousands of their own citizens, including women and children .
Their demand to condemn Israel is ludicrous too. They have, in the present context, seemed to have ignored the predicament of Israel , the only developed democracy in the Middle East, at the hands of Hamas, a notorious terrorist organization with a charter based on the fanatic ideology of hatred and violence against vast sections of humanity, including women . The latter has had no history of faith in peace and development in the region. Jerusalem withdrew from the Gaza strip in 2005 uprooting more than 8.000 of its citizens and abandoning all its border controls of Gaza, except the Israeli one . Yet this terrorist outfit has fired more than 12.000 rockets at Israeli towns since 2005 and indulged in dozens of other terror attacks on civilians in the country .
Pertinently, in its activities and operations Hamas has had the support of certain reactionary establishments in the Middle East. For long it had the support of the “Axis of Resistance” (Iran, Syria, Hizballah, and the Islamic Jihad). After Hamas’s parent movement Muslim Brotherhood came to power in Cairo, former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi blessed it. In the recent past the Emir of Qatar is said to have granted Hamas $ 400 million .
Recently , Hamas has further vitiated the political atmosphere in the region . Former Hamas Gaza prime minister Ismail Haniyeh has announced the “Third Intifada” has begun in the West Bank. He has praised the terrorism of the Hamas military wing and called Israeli civilians killed in its terrorist operations “settlers”. Senior members of Hamas , such as Khalid Mashʿal, Fauzi Barhum, and Mushir al-Masri, have praised the recent abduction and later killings of the three Jewish teenagers . Mashʿal has referred to the Israeli civilians killed in its attacks as “soldiers. ”
This has not but put Jerusalem under tremendous moral and legal obligations to use all means at its disposal to protect its citizens by liquidating the entire Hamas’ infrastructure completely. Its previous offensives, including the “Operation Pillar of Defense” (November 2012) have failed to end Hamas’ operational control in the Gaza Strip. As such the Benjamin Netanyahu government needs to leave no stone unturned in its current “Operation Protective Edge” to corner Hamas once for all.
The current dispensation of President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in Cairo seems to appreciate Israeli imperatives in this regard. It has recently done a lot in neutralizing Hamas in the region. After the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, Cairo has declared Hamas a terror movement . The Egyptian army has destroyed a majority of Hamas’ smuggling tunnels to the Gaza Strip. One wishes the Palestinian Authority government would distance itself completely from Hamas now for the sake of peace and development in the region. The Authority ought to realize there is no point having a partner whose ideology is hatred and violence against fellow human beings . The Hamas rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip kill or maim not only Israelis but also Palestinians in the West Bank.
Unfortunately, however, despite precautionary measures, such as dropping leaflets to warn Gazan residents about the areas and buildings to be targeted by the ongoing Israeli on Gaza , some innocent people get killed as the terrorists force them to be used as human shields . This could be avoided to a great extent if Jerusalem planned a full-fledged ground invasion in consultation with major military powers and moderate Muslim nations such as Egypt and Jordan in the region, entered the Strip and destroyed Hamas one by one. Hamas is a threat to them all in the short or long term. They could provide Jerusalem with whatever appropriate military, logistical and diplomatic support were needed in its current “Operation Protective Edge.”