Recognition of Israel and the Limits of Indo-Israeli Rapprochement (1948–1956)
India had to deal with two new political realities in 1947–1948: the partition of the South Asian subcontinent and Israeli statehood. These two events served as powerful catalysts for a reassessment of New Delhi’s policy. During this period, there was an important debate on the opportunity to recognize Israel. After two years, India cautiously decided to recognize Israel in September 1950 but did not establish diplomatic relations. Nehru and the Indian leadership were open to instituting diplomatic relations with Israel and originally kept a prudent approach when dealing between Israel and the Arab states. This situation lasted until 1956 and the Suez crisis, when the window of opportunity for a rapprochement closed.
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