The Indian press reported on Friday that the Delhi government had agreed to
invest $2.7 billion in a missile defense project with Israel. The
principles of the system are known, and the resultant weapons will be able
to destroy planes, missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) from a
distance of 70 km.
India is now a practical ally of Israel's, and an ideological one,
too. During the early decades of Indian and Israeli independence, the
governing Congress party and Jawaharlal Nehru positioned themselves as part
of "the non-aligned group" of nations, which was anything but
non-aligned. Nehru himself was, along with Nasser, perhaps the leading
figure among the anti-western "neutrals." To be anti-Zionist was de riguer
in this camp, and the Indian government played the game, orchestrated by
the foreign minister V.K. Krishna Menon.
All these leaders are dead, as are their dreams. Faced with the
unrelenting hostility of a very precarious Pakistan and Islamic terrorism
over both Kashmir and internal Muslim grievances, India has become more
Hindu than in the past. A Hindu party is quite strong, and actually
governed several times. All this has brought India to understand that
Israel is a fitting and practical ally. As the Turks have understood. And
as Persians will realize again...