Why Israel and India Need to Have Stronger Bilateral Relations
The bond between Israel and India has been growing over the years. This article discusses why a good relation between both the countries is beneficial for both the countries.
India and Israel have not been friends since a long time. It was only after the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union that India and Israel had formed relations. Diplomatic relations were formally established in 1992. From then on, Israel and India share a warm and cozy relationship. They have extended cooperation in various fields. Military is the core focus of the Indo-Israeli relationship. Cooperation in many other fields also is quite strong especially when it comes to Research and Development.
As we see, both countries have mutually benefitted from this relationship. Both have increased trade, development and growth.
Stronger Indo-Israeli relations benefit them economically. New markets are opened and the consumers now have more choice. There is more trade between the countries and they flourish economically.
India and Israel face a common enemy which is Islamic terrorism. To counter this effectively, both countries will need to cooperate and strengthen the ties between their intelligence agencies, military and other armed forces. They need to train jointly and research together on effective weapons and techniques to handle this threat. If both countries have the will to make this happen, then they can get rid of this enemy easily.
Indian and Israeli cooperation in the field of space research has seen many innovations. They can pool up their knowledge and create better satellites, rockets, space vehicles etc. and enhance space exploration and speed up the process.
Both countries need to extend more cooperation in agriculture. Israel has very little arable farmland and India is unable to fully reap enough food from its fields. Israel is already times ahead with their agricultural research. Israel is able to comfortably feed its entire population on the little land they cultivate and even have an exportable surplus. Israel is also a world leader in production of milk and other vegetables with that little arable farm land. India can adopt many techniques and technologies from Israel and improve the output of food crops in India.
We have seen the many innovations when Israel and India extends close cooperation in the fields of science and Research and Development. They can engineer new products and solutions to various problems and market it to the whole world jointly.
There are a few bottlenecks to their relationship. However, if more cooperation is extended, then their relationship would help them accelerate their growth and development mutually. Therefore, India and Israel need to strengthen their ties.