Israel Behind India’s Attacks on Pakistan

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By Robert Fisk for Press TV

Robert Fisk is The Independent’s multi-award-winning Middle East correspondent, based in Beirut. He has lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years, covering the war in Syria and Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and the 2011 Arab revolutions. In this piece written on Thursday 28 February 2019, he reflects on the escalation of tensions between neighboring India and Pakistan, highlighting the role played by Israeli supplied ammunition and aircraft in fanning the flames of conflict between these two countries.

When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a “terrorist camp” were the first words. A “command and control centre” destroyed, many “terrorists” killed. The military was retaliating for a “terrorist attack” on its troops, we were told.

An Islamist “jihadi” base had been eliminated. Then I heard the name Balakot and realised that it was neither in Gaza, nor in Syria – not even in Lebanon – but in Pakistan. Strange thing, that. How could anyone mix up Israel and India?

Well, don’t let the idea fade away. Two thousand five hundred miles separate the Israeli ministry of defence in Tel Aviv from the Indian ministry of defence in New Delhi, but there’s a reason why the usual cliche-stricken agency dispatches sound so similar.

For months, Israel has been assiduously lining itself up alongside India’s nationalist BJP government in an unspoken – and politically dangerous – “anti-Islamist” coalition, an unofficial, unacknowledged alliance, while India itself has now become the largest weapons market for the Israeli arms trade.

Not by chance, therefore, has the Indian press just trumpeted the fact that Israeli-made Rafael Spice-2000 “smart bombs” were used by the Indian air force in its strike against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) “terrorists” inside Pakistan.

Activists of Socialist Unity Centre of India display placards during a demonstration to condemn the scrapping of Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government, in New Delhi on August 8, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Like many Israeli boasts of hitting similar targets, the Indian adventure into Pakistan might owe more to the imagination than military success. The “300-400 terrorists” supposedly eliminated by the Israeli-manufactured and Israeli-supplied GPS-guided bombs may turn out to be little more than rocks and trees.

But there was nothing unreal about the savage ambush of Indian troops in Kashmir on 14 February which the JeM claimed, and which left 40 Indian soldiers dead. Nor the shooting down of at least one Indian jet this week.

India was Israel’s largest arms client in 2017, paying £530m for Israeli air defence, radar systems and ammunition, including air-to-ground missiles – most of them tested during Israel’s military offensives against Palestinians and targets in Syria.


Israel itself is trying to explain away its continued sales of tanks, weapons and boats to the Myanmar military dictatorship – while western nations impose sanctions on the government which has attempted to destroy its minority and largely Muslim Rohingya people. But Israel’s arms trade with India is legal, above-board and much advertised by both sides.

Activists of Socialist Unity Centre of India display placards during a demonstration to condemn the scrapping of Article 370 that granted a special status to Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian government, in New Delhi on August 8, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The Israelis have filmed joint exercises between their own “special commando” units and those sent by India to be trained in the Negev desert, again with all the expertise supposedly learned by Israel in Gaza and other civilian-thronged battlefronts.

At least 16 Indian “Garud” commandos – part of a 45-strong Indian military delegation – were for a time based at the Nevatim and Palmachim air bases in Israel. In his first visit to India last year – preceded by a trip to Israel by nationalist Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recalled the 2008 Islamist attacks on Mumbai in which almost 170 civilians were killed. “Indians and Israelis know too well the pain of terrorist attacks,” he told Modi. “We remember the horrific savagery of Mumbai. We grit our teeth, we fight back, we never give in.” This was also BJP-speak.

Several Indian commentators, however, have warned that right-wing Zionism and right-wing nationalism under Modi should not become the foundation stone of the relationship between the two countries, both of which – in rather different ways – fought the British empire.

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) soldier stands guard at the domestic terminal of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on August 8, 2019. Indian aviation authorities have asked airports to step up security measures in the days after the government stripped the restive Kashmir of its autonomy. (Photo by AFP)

Brussels researcher Shairee Malhotra, whose work has appeared in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, has pointed out that India has the world’s third largest Muslim population after Indonesia and Pakistan – upward of 180 million people. “The India-Israel relationship is also commonly being framed in terms of a natural convergence of ideas between their ruling BJP and Likud parties,” she wrote last year.

Hindu nationalists had constructed “a narrative of Hindus as historically victims at the hands of Muslims”, an attractive idea to those Hindus who recall partition and the continuing turbulent relationship with Pakistan.

In fact, as Malhotra pointed out in Haaretz, “Israel’s biggest fans in India appear to be the ‘internet Hindus’ who primarily love Israel for how it deals with Palestine and fights Muslims.”

Malhotra has condemned Carleton University professor Vivek Dehejia for demanding a “tripartite” alliance between India, Israel and the US – since they have all suffered “from the scourge of Islamic terrorism”.

In fact, by the end of 2016, only 23 men from India had left to fight for Isis in the Arab world, although Belgium, with a population of only half a million Muslims, produced nearly 500 fighters.

Malhotra’s argument is that the Indian-Israeli relationship should be pragmatic rather than ideological.

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel stand guard near the India-Pakistan Wagah Border post, some 35 km west of Amritsar, on August 8, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

But it is difficult to see how Zionist nationalism will not leach into Hindu nationalism when Israel is supplying so many weapons to India – the latest of which India, which has enjoyed diplomatic relations with Israel since 1992, has already used against Islamists inside Pakistan.

Signing up to the “war on terror” – especially “Islamist terror” – may seem natural for two states built on colonial partition whose security is threatened by Muslim neighbours.

In both cases, their struggle is over the right to own or occupy territory. Israel, India and Pakistan all possess nuclear weapons. Another good reason not to let Palestine and Kashmir get tangled up together. And to leave India’s 180 million Muslims alone.


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12 COMMENTS

  1. India ignoring the laws and rules of UN and international community same like israel did by smashing and destroying the majority of Kashmir’s Muslims in their state , we also know that most of the BJP regime members are involved in a crimes against Muslims even the PM Modi himself, Modi tweet the same day when the 370 article revoked referring the friendship between Israel and India , So you said it all , Great article

  2. Observe the laughing faces of international criminals who are responsible for the deaths of many innocent people, joking about it all in the back of an expensive limo. Let us pray they get theirs soon in a most unmerciful way. They deserve to feel some pain like they have dished out to others.

  3. Just because India cozied upto Israel, it doesn’t become a monster.
    The writer himself went on to list all the lives lost in India due to terrorism. But then he goes onto view everything through Zionism.
    Zionism is a grave and all encompassing phenomenon. None is untouched by it. But thinking of Pakistan as Syria and India as Israel, with Kashmir as Golan heights entirely betrays history.

  4. Not so much get rid of Israel, this would be like saying get rid of all of the United States including the innocent misinformed, dumbed down, common citizenry/population because our Deep State Synagog of Satan Government/Corporatists War mongers and Chemtrailers, we the US are ruining the world also. The general population of Israel was put there as Pawns in the Game ( book by William Guy Carr ). Israel and Islam and Christianity should be viewed in light of Pikes plan for 3 world wars. If we say that the Synagog of Satan posing as the “Jewish” Priesthood/Moneychangers actually implemented Islam under Abu Bakr ( and possibly even with Mohamed himself, thru his first wife, and thru some of the Jewish tribes in Medina ) then the Arab/semite peoples were also set up as pawns in the game. They all want us to fight each other. Julius Cesar even had “Jewish” advisors. There was also some dark hidden hand type stuff with the establishment of Christianity and the Catholic church. But I still believe in Jesus and the 10 commandments….

    • The Muslims are not innocent in all this… historically they did conquer violently, by the sword …..under Abu Bakr? My slight experience with even moderate Islam I found to be dangerous and scary as a female. But the fact is that Muslim terrorists did not do 9/11 and we have killed millions now? of innocent people in the middle east because of the 9/11 false flag. Everyone print yourself out a copy of Albert Pikes plan for 3 world wars to keep as a reference.

    • Wikipedia Muslim conquest of Persia remember the Persians/Iranians and Turks were conquered by Islam and are not Arabs.

    • Before Islam: When Saudi Arabia Was a Jewish Kingdom Ariel David 29.11.2017 haaretz
      The discovery of the oldest-known pre-Islamic Arabic writing in Saudi Arabia, from ca. 470 CE …. interesting piece… Still asking the question was Abu Bakr really a jewish rabbi.. Rabbi Shallum, son of the then Resh Gelutha, in Babel, aka Abu Bachr al Chaliva al Zadik. Abu Bakr, became the first Caliph, and was in fact son of the then Resh Gelutha, in Babel, who perceiving a dreadful predicament, sent Rabbi Shallum to Mahomed, and told him to offer his submission, friendship, and services, and endeavour to enter with him into a friendly compact. Mahomed accepted Rabbi Shallum’s proposition with pleasure, conceived a great affection for him, and took his daughter, Aisha, a handsome young child, for wife; he made him also a general in his army, and gave him the name of Abu Bachr al Chaliva al Zadik, literally:
      The father of the maiden, the descendant of the righteous; this means, that of all his wives, who were either widows or divorced women, this one was the only one who had never been married before, and then she was the granddaughter of the celebrated chief of the captivity; therefore, the descendant of the righteous. This occurrence induced Mahomed to give up his terrible intention to destroy the Jews in his country, and thus did Rabbi Shallum save his people.

    • it is always the same word “follow the money trail” and forget about the BS surrounding it.It´s the only reason, the greed for gold (money), power and enslavementof others under which masks ever hidden.