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For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column:

MODI IN ISRAEL: BONDING THE BIGGEST & MOST BELEAGUERED DEMOCRACIES.

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Clearly reflecting the impact of the change in Indian policy towards Israel was the chagrin expressed by the Palestinian envoy to New Delhi: “We were shocked…”

 It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ALGEMEINER:  https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/07/07/modi-in-israel-bonding-the-biggest-and-most-beleaguered-democracies/
ISRAELI FRONTLINE:  http://www.israelifrontline.com/2017/07/fray-modi-israel-bonding-biggest-beleaguered-democracies.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232155
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE: https://israelnewsonline.org/into-the-fray-modi-in-israel-bonding-the-biggest-most-beleaguered-democracies/
ISRAEL RISING:  (To be posted)        
ISRAEL’S VOICE:  https://www.israelsvoice.org/2017/07/07/fray-modi-israel-bonding-biggest-beleaguered-democracies/
ISRAPUNDIT :  http://www.israpundit.org/into-the-fray-modi-in-israel-bonding-the-biggest-most-beleaguered-democracies/
JEWISH BREAKING NEWS:http://jewishbreakingnews.com/2017/07/07/fray-modi-israel-bonding-biggest-beleaguered-democracies/
JEWS DOWN UNDER:  https://jewsdownunder.com/2017/07/07/fray-modi-israel-bonding-biggest-beleaguered-democracies/
MEDIUM: https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-modi-in-israel-bonding-the-biggest-most-beleaguered-democracies-5f398a3dd0f2
JEWISH PRESS: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/into-the-fray-martin-sherman/into-the-fray-modi-in-israel-bonding-the-biggest-most-beleaguered-democracies/2017/07/09/

An excerpt:

 A curious Indian stops a passing Israeli backpacker on a New Delhi street. “Tell me,” he asks, “how many Israelis are there?”
“I’m not quite sure,” the backpacker answers. “About six million.”
“No, no no,” retorts the Indian, “not just in New Delhi. I mean all together.”

 

The humor of this well-known joke reflects a remarkable reality which helps understand the huge enthusiasm this week’s landmark visit of the Indian Prime Minister Nahindra Modi generated, and clearly heralded a “change of gears” in relations between the two countries…While the Modi visit and the surge in Indo-Israeli ties is an historic event for the Jewish State at a national level, it is for me, at a personal level, a gratifying vindication of many years of my prior efforts…

sondhiAlmost two decades ago, in early 1999, I published a policy paper, together with a prominent Indian scholar, the late Prof. M. L. Sondhi, one of the original pro-Israeli voices in India. The paper we collaborated on was entitled “Indo-Israeli cooperation as a US national interest. It was a paper that predicted/prescribed much of the later developments between the two countries, across a range of various fields .It is, of course, most

satisfying to see many of the recommendations which Sondhi and I made come to fruition.

French poet Victor Hugo famously wrote: “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come…
This certainly appears to be the case with the flourishing Indo-Israeli nexus. Indeed, Sondhi and I concluded the executive summary of our paper thus: “…it appears that the time is right for Israel to establish a special relationship with the world’s largest democracy, similar to the relationship that it has developed with the world’s strongest democracy. ..[This], is likely to have a vital role in advancing the principles of liberty and pluralism, and insuring regional stability in an extensive and important portion of the world where such principles are under continual siege.”…Surely, then, this is an idea whose time has come.

As usual your talkbacks/comments/critiques welcome,

Best wishes,

MS

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