The Evolution of Indias Israel Policy: Continuity, Change, and Compromise since 1922

Hardcover | January 29, 2015

byNicolas Blarel

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India's relationship with Israel has been one of the most sensitive and controversial issues in New Delhi's diplomatic history. India first decided to recognize Israel in 1950 but deliberately deferred the establishment of diplomatic relations. Then, in January 1992, New Delhi abruptlymodified its no-relationship policy and exchanged diplomatic missions with Tel Aviv. In the spate of only two decades, the two countries have developed significant economic and especially defense relations. Why did India only decide to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992? And howhave Indo-Israeli relations moved from almost naught to a rapid and substantial development in certain sensitive sectors like defense cooperation in only a few years? Breaking with conventional wisdom, this book looks at how India's Israel policy was actually contested from the start and evolved over time to adapt to new domestic and international circumstances and interests. The rationale for engaging Israel did not suddenly emerge in 1992 but was in fact theresult of long-term debates within the Indian polity. This book offers a new historical perspective to understand the formation and evolution of India's Israel policy since the pre-Independence period.

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India's relationship with Israel has been one of the most sensitive and controversial issues in New Delhi's diplomatic history. India first decided to recognize Israel in 1950 but deliberately deferred the establishment of diplomatic relations. Then, in January 1992, New Delhi abruptlymodified its no-relationship policy and exchanged d...

Nicolas Blarel is Graduate Research Assistant at the Center on American and Global Security in Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pagesPublished:January 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199450625

ISBN - 13:9780199450626

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Conflicting Nationalisms: The Gradual Formation of India's First Israel Policy (1922-1947)2. Reality Check? Recognition of Israel and the Limits of Indo-Israeli Rapprochement (1948-1956)3. Crises and Debates: Contestation and Revision of India's Israel policy (1956-1974)4. Setting the Stage for Change: From Estrangement to Engagement with Israel (1984-1992)5. From Prudent Rapprochement to Strategic Partnership? The Consolidation of India's New Israel Policy (1992-2012)ConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Author