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January 12, 2018
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The road to India’s prosperity may run through Israel, but the road to its leadership aspirations on the world stage cannot bypass Palestine. Discuss. (200 words)

Refer – The Hindu

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IAS Parliament 3 months

KEY POINTS

Opportunities for prosperous India

·         India is burgeoning its bilateral ties with Israel, most notably in the defence and strategic partnership.

·         For example, India accounts for 41% of Israel’s defence exports, and a possible sale of Spike anti-tank missiles will give this steadfast relationship an added fillip.

·         India-Israel cooperation remains a cornerstone to deal with India’s counter-terrorism operations.

·         Given the Israeli expertise in the field of agriculture and water technology, India requires Israel to implement best practices from Israel to deal with agricultural crisis and water scarcity.

Leadership role

·         Meanwhile, in the past three years, barring a vote at the UNGA in 2014, India has turned from its traditional pro-Palestinian stance, to one of abstention.

·         In 2015, India abstained on a UN Human Rights Council resolution criticising Israel for an aerial bombing of Gaza.

·         Also in 2016, at UNESCO in Paris, India changed its vote from voting ‘for’ to an abstention on a resolution criticising Israel for encroachments at the Western Wall and near the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

·         The biggest re-shift came when India chose to vote for a resolution criticising the U.S. for recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and also called on Israel to end its “occupation that began in 1967.

·         The decision may seem to be consistent with the past policy, but in fact the reverse is evident.

·         Clearly, India could have easily made a case for abstaining on the UNGA resolution on Jerusalem as well, especially given this recent record.

·         The decision was taken despite strong lobbying from Israel in the run-up to the vote, and despite Mr. Trump’s open threats to all those voting for the resolution.

·         Meanwhile, there was no “domestic compulsions” as well.

·         As there has been no major ‘street’ reaction to or protest of any of India’s overtures to Israel, or to the visits by the leaders thus far, and the government had no cause to worry about a public reaction to an abstention in this case.

·         As a result, India’s position can only be explained by a desire to reassert its leadership role on the multilateral stage, and to regain its leverage on the Israel-Palestine issue, a re-hyphenation of sorts.

·         This is in keeping with the special place and moral position India has always assumed on the peace process, and its support to a just solution.

·         More to the point, the Indian government appears to have affirmed that in calculating the national interest, it is necessary to value the role of India’s leadership on the international stage as well.

·         If there is a realpolitik calculation to be made, it is that India’s influence in West Asia cannot be squandered away so casually, and advocating the peace process with Israel will be an important step.

·         The road to India’s prosperity may well run through Jerusalem, but the road to its leadership aspirations on the world stage cannot bypass Ramallah either.

Its Me 3 months

FOR ANY NATION TO EXCEL ITS PROSPERITY AND POWER PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE. INDIA IS UNDOUBTEDLY NOW ASPIRING POWER IN WORLD POLITICS.

INDIA AND ISRAEL RELATIONS HAS TOOK A NEW SHIFT WITH PM MODI'S VISIT .INDIA HAS DECIDED TO HAVE A DE-HYPHENATED RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL AND PALASTINE. THIS HAS BEEN SAID IN JOINT STATEMENT BY INDIA AND ISRAEL.

YES , ISRAEL CAN ADD UP  TO INDIAS PROSPERITY. WE HAD MANY COLLABORATIONS

1) IN WATER CONSERVATION.

2) WORK PROGRAMME ON AGRICULTURE.

3) INDO -ISRAEL TECHNICAL INNOVATION FUND IN R & D.

4) ISRO AND ISRAEL SPACE AGENCY COOPERATION IN GEO LEO OPTICAL LINK .

5) COOPERATION IN GROWING RADICALISATION AND TERRORISM.

6) DEFENSE DEALS. 

YES, THE LEADERSHIP ASPIRATIONS ON WORLD STAGE CANNOT BYPASS PALESTINE. INDIA WAS ON-LINES OF UNGA STANCE ON PALESTINE ISSUE. EVEN IT DIFFERED WITH AMERICAS RECENT STANCE ON JERUSALEM. IT SHOWED THE LEADERSHIP ROLE OF INDIA IN MULTI LATERAL INSTITUTIONS. THIS TYPE OF DYNAMIC POSITION THAT TOOK BY INDIA AS A PEACE LOVING RESPONSIBLE NATION IS TO REGAIN ITS INFLUENCE IN WEST ASIA.THE EXPANDING RELATIONS IN WEST ASIA HELPS TO SOLVE PALESTINE ISSUE PEACEFULLY. WITH THIS AS SAID BY INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTER IN NON-ALIGNED MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE THAT INDIAS PALESTINIAN POLICY AS A REFERENCE POINT.

INDIA HAS ALWAYS SEEN PEACE PROCESS AS A GOOD METHOD IN SOLVING ISSUES. 

PLEASE REVIEW AND GIVE YOUR VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS 

THANK YOU :)

IAS Parliament 3 months

First part of the answer was good. Second part could have been explained better. Keep writing.

Its Me 3 months

Thank You for valuable suggestions @iasparliment

Vishwanth Adhepalli 3 months

Please review and give your valuable suggestions!. Thanks in advance

IAS Parliament 3 months

Refer key points. Reworking on the answer would be better. Keep writing. 

KS Abhinav 3 months

Please Review.

IAS Parliament 3 months

A balanced answer. Keep up the good work.  

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