By Sajjad Shaukat
After the end of the Cold War, there was more emphasis on the open diplomacy due to the modern world trends like renunciation of war, peaceful settlement of disputes and economic development through cooperation. In this context, by bringing the bloody battles in our rooms, media made it difficult for politicians and diplomats to continue secret collusion which had caused World War 1 and World War 11.
In this connection, as part of a plot, both India and Israel have still a secret collusion and are acting upon a secret diplomacy. Although whole of the Islamic world is target of Indo-Israeli secret collusion, yet the same has intensified in case of Pakistan, China and Iran. In this regard, US-led some western countries have also been supporting the Indo-Israeli nexus overtly or covertly.
However, we cannot blame especially India and Israel including US regarding the conspiracy particularly against Pakistan, China and Iran without some concrete evidence. In this context, in his interview, published in the Indian weekly Outlook on February 18, 2008, Israel’s ambassador to India, Mark Sofer explained regarding India’s defence arrangements with Israel by disclosing, “We do have a defence relationship with India, which is no secret” and “with all due respect, the secret part will remain a secret.” On being asked whether he foresaw joint exercises, Sofer replied, “Certain issues need to remain under wraps for whatever reason.”
Indian ties with Israel remained under wraps till 2003, when Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon visited India to officially reveal this relationship. In this respect, Indian ‘The Tribune’ wrote on September 10, 2003, “India and Israel took giant leaps forward in bolstering the existing strategic ties and forging new ones” and Tel Aviv has “agreed to share its expertise with India in such fields as anti-fidayeen operations, surveillance and defence satellites, intelligence sharing, space exploration and fighting against terrorism”, particularly in the Occupied Kashmir. Next day, ‘Indian Express’, disclosed, “From anti-missile systems to hi-tech radars, from sky drones to night-vision equipment, Indo-Israeli defense cooperation has known no bounds in recent times”.
On September 5, 2003 American Wall Street Journal pointed out, “The U.S. finally gave its approval to Israel’s delivery of Phalcon Airborne Warning & Controlling Systems (AWACS) to India”his “sale might affect the conventional weapons balance between India and Pakistan”. On February 28, 2003 Jerusalem Post disclosed the “Israeli sale of the Arrow-II anti-ballistic missile defense system to India”, writing that “the U.S. was a collaborator in the project”. The Post further elaborated that “Israel could be acquiring an element of strategic depth by setting up logistical bases in the Indian Ocean for its navy”
Recent defence purchases by New Delhi from Tel Aviv in particular and other western countries in general include fast attack naval craft, electronic warfare system, unmanned aerial vehicles,modernization of Indian Army, Mig-27 aircraft, the Indian Navy’s Ka-25, Russian-supplied Mig-21 aircraft, T-72 tanks etc. Besides, Indian secret deal with Israel entails submarine launched cruise missiles, micro-satellite systems, laser guided systems etc.
The matter is not confined to purchasing of military equipments; Indo-Israeli secret collusion is part of a dangerous strategic game in the region. In this connection, the then Israeli premier, Benjamin Netanyahu had already made it clear in July 1997 saying, “Our ties with India don’t have any limitations as long as “India and Israel are friendly, it is a strategic gain”.
Security relationship between New Delhi and Tel Aviv has been promoted with the help of Washington to make the two states work closely to counter-balance a rising China whom America considers main competitor in the coming years.
As regards Indian secret agency RAW, with the technical support of Israeli secret agency Mossad, more than 25 Indian foreign offices, along with the north-western border of our country are supervising saboteurs to conduct bomb blasts and suicide attacks in Pakistan.
With the clandestine help of Israel and America, on 26 February 2008, India conducted its first test of a nuclear-capable missile from an under sea platform after completing its project in connection with air, land and sea ballistic systems. Next day, Pakistan’s Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir had disclosed, “We are aware of these developments, which are taking place with a view to putting nuclear weapons at sea and it is a very serious issue”. However, Washington, New Delhi and Israel are plotting to block the sea lanes of the Indian Ocean for their joint strategic goals.
It is notable that taking cognizance of the growing threat of global terrorism which has been dividing the Western and Islamic nations on cultural and religious lines since 9/11, American and European governments have already started inter-faith dialogue especially between the Christian and the Muslim nations. Nevertheless, all these measures are proving fruitless due to a deliberate anti-Muslim campaign, launched by the Indo-Israeli lobbies, creating obstacles in global cultural cooperation which is essential for global peace. America and its allies continue to kill many innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine through heavy aerial bombardment and ground shelling in the name of war on terror. US-led Indo-Israeli forces have been using every possible technique of state terrorism in the occupied territories which have become the breeding grounds of a prolonged interaction between freedom fighters and state terrorists.
The September 11 tragedy in the US provided both India and Israel with a golden opportunity to achieve their covert goals with the backing of American-led western countries. They immediately joined the US war on terror and have continuously been trying to convince the US-led western states through a propaganda campaign that the Kashmiri and Palestinian freedom fighters including Hezbollah are terrorists. They accuse Iran, Syria and Pakistan of sponsoring cross-border terrorism in the related regions of South Asia and the Middle East. At present, the equation of terrorism with the so-called Islamic fundamentalism is a key issue between the Eastern Muslims and Western Christians. Availing the ongoing international phenomena, by equating the ‘war of independence’ in Kashmir and Palestine with terrorism has become the main target of New Delhi and Tel Aviv.
It is of particular attention that the US has been providing Pakistan with military and economic aids due to its role of a frontline state for American war on terror, while on the other hand is accusing the country of safe havens for Al Qaeda related terrorists cause of attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan. In the same sense, Washington, favours a peace process in the Middle East but on the other side, it supports Israeli right of self-defence, providing her a justification to keep on going with its atrocities on the innocent people of Gaza and the West Bank. Hindu-Jewish lobbies are also convincing the Americans for their favour in relation to Kashmir and invading tribal areas of Pakistan, So, American ambivalent approach has given a good chance to India and Israel in manipulating the same for their common covert interests.
If India considers Pakistan as its enemy number one, Israel takes Iran in the same sense especially due to its nuclear programme which is also negated by the US. Tel Aviv is also against Pakistan as it is the only nuclear Islamic country. Nevertheless, this similarity of interests has brought the two countries to follow a common secret diplomacy.
Returning to our earlier discussion, Indo-Israeli secret diplomacy is bound to result into a global catastrophe in wake of the different war between the US-led sovereign entities and non-sovereign entities. In this regard, we should remember that secret treaties were the major cause of the World War 1. Indian historian V.D Mahajan remarks that the major cause of the World War 1 was the secret alliance among Austria-Hungary and Germany then Italy joined the Austro-German alliance, initiated by German leader Bismark. On the other side France, Britain and Japan concluded counter alliance ultimately all that resulted into militarization of Europe and the World War 1. In this respect, if not checked in time, the secret collusion of Israel and India which is being patronized by Washington could lead the international community to World War111, popularly, known as clash of civilizations.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org