‘India, Israel made for each other’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 23 June 2017

“There are a lot of similarities between India and Israel in terms of obtaining Independence from the British around the same time, complicated respective neighbourhoods, challenge of building the nations, challenges of development, health and education. Israel did not look East in the first few years and looked more towards the West due to development reasons. But we started looking East in the 1990’s,” he said.

PUNE: Stressing on the fact that India and Israel are made for each other, Ambassador of Israel to India, Daniel Carmon said that both countries need to look at further strengthening and normalising of relations in the next few years. 

He said there is a need to increase  connectivity between the two countries in light of the similarities between them. Carmon was speaking at a lecture on ‘25 Years of Growing Partnership and Beyond: A Snapshot on India-Israel Relations and the Way Forward’ organised by the Pune International Centre (PIC) at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) on Thursday. 

The lecture was presided over by Vice President of PIC, Vijay Kelkar. Chairman of Force Motors and Trustee of PIC, Abhay Firodia and Consul General of Israel in Mumbai, David Akov were among those on the dais. 

Speaking about the expected visit of Prime Minister Modi to Israel, Carmon said the visit will add to the fabric of the India-Israel relationship. 

Carmon shed light on the history of India-Israel diplomatic relations which started in 1992. “There are a lot of similarities between India and Israel in terms of obtaining Independence from the British around the same time, complicated respective neighbourhoods, challenge of building the nations, challenges of development, health and education. Israel did not look East in the first few years and looked more towards the West due to development reasons. But we started looking East in the 1990’s,” he said. 

He said that over the years the ties between the two countries have moved beyond the purely political and defence relations. “In today’s diplomacy we deal with government, changing policies, the civil society, business, education, entrepreneurship, innovation, water and other sectors,” Carmon said. 

Carmon mentioned the agriculture project between Israel and India under which 25 Centres of Excellence in Agriculture are to be launched in the country. “Fifteen Centre’s of Excellence have already been set up and we have a target of 25 centres by 2025. India will develop the centre and infrastructure while Israel will bring the technology to enhance agriculture here,” he stated. 

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