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The Evolution of India's Israel PolicyContinuity, Change, and Compromise since 1922$
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Nicolas Blarel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450626.001.0001

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Crises and Debates

Crises and Debates

Contestation and Revision of India’s Israel policy (1956–1974)

(p.148) 3 Crises and Debates
The Evolution of India's Israel Policy

Nicolas Blarel

Oxford University Press

The third chapter discusses a much-neglected phase of India’s Israel policy. India’s no-relationship policy came under serious criticism after the West Asian crisis of 1967. From 1967 to 1974, the bases of India’s West Asia policy were undermined. India received no explicit support from the Arab states in its military disputes with China in 1962 and Pakistan in 1965. There was also a growing domestic pressure for a policy change. Finally, it became clear that there was a potential for cooperation with Israel, after India had asked and obtained limited military assistance from Israel in the Indo-Pakistani wars of 1965 and 1971. Despite these pressures and incentives, the Indira Gandhi government deliberately refused to publicly acknowledge Israeli help and did not normalize its relations with Tel Aviv.

Keywords:   Israel, no-relationship policy, West Asian crisis of 1967, Arab States, China, Pakistan, Indira Gandhi, military assistance

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