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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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Setting the Stage for Change

Setting the Stage for Change

From Estrangement to Engagement with Israel (1984–1992)

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(p.220) 4 Setting the Stage for Change
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The Evolution of India's Israel Policy
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Nicolas Blarel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450626.003.0005

Chapter 4 analyses the process towards normalization and explains why a drastic change in India’s Israel policy happened at that specific historical juncture and not before. The incremental approach of engagement with Israel initiated by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi helped pave the way for the normalization of in January 1992. When Narasimha Rao came to power in June 1991, there were new international, regional, and domestic conditions which encouraged India to change its West Asia policy. The existence of clearly expressed policy preferences in favour of a rapprochement with Israel at this conjuncture equally facilitated complete foreign policy change and the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in January 1992.

Keywords:   Israel, normalization, Rajiv Gandhi, Narasimha Rao, West Asia policy, foreign policy change, January 1992

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