Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

‘In­dia, Is­rael need to form an al­liance to se­cure fu­ture’

- Pramit Pal Chaud­huri pchaud­huri@hin­dus­tan­times.com

We (Modi and Is­raeli PM) have dis­cussed how we can strengthen re­la­tions of our two coun­tries in civil­ian, se­cu­rity and in ev­ery area. BEN­JAMIN NE­TANYAHU, Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter The weak don’t sur­vive, the strong sur­vive. You make peace with the strong, you make al­liances with the strong.

NEW DELHI: In­dia and Is­rael are an “al­liance”, said Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu dur­ing his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress at the an­nual Raisina Di­a­logue here on Tues­day.

The two coun­tries of­fi­cially hold each other as “strate­gic part­ners,” a stand re­it­er­ated in the joint state­ment of Ne­tanyahu and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi re­leased a day be­fore.

In a speech out­lin­ing the sources of na­tional power, Ne­tanyahu said demo­cratic val­ues were the “most im­por­tant” source of power.

“If we are to live in a world that pro­tects demo­cratic norms,” he said, coun­tries such as In­dia and Is­rael needed to form an “al­liance to se­cure our fu­ture.”

He also un­der­lined the chal­lenge of “rad­i­cal Is­lam and its ter­ror­ist off­shoots” to the “quest for moder­nity”.

He said Modi spoke of­ten of the need to se­cure democ­racy. “We have dis­cussed how we can strengthen re­la­tions of our two coun­tries in se­cu­rity, in civil­ian ar­eas and ev­ery area,” he said, be­fore end­ing with the line “god bless the In­dia-Is­rael al­liance.”

Ear­lier in his speech, Ne­tanyahu de­scribed In­dia as “one of the great pow­ers of earth”.

He cited mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity as the first re­quire­ment of na­tional power, not­ing that in Is­rael’s case this in­cluded con­sid­er­able in­vest­ment in in­tel­li­gence to “com­pen­sate for our size.”

Mil­i­tary and in­tel­li­gence, how­ever, was ex­pen­sive and there­fore this re­quired eco­nomic power. This in turn re­quired ed­u­ca­tion.

Is­rael’s own de­fence forces, he said, were a “gi­ant ed­u­ca­tion ma­chine.”

But to con­vert in­no­va­tion into eco­nomic might needed a free mar­ket environmen­t that al­lowed firms “to do busi­ness and add value to the econ­omy.” He cited the grow­ing con­ver­gence of big data, con­nec­tiv­ity and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. “Coun­tries that seize the fu­ture are those that in­no­vate along these lines,” he said.

He spoke of “po­lit­i­cal power”, “the abil­ity to build re­la­tion­ships and al­liances with other coun­tries” be­fore cit­ing val­ues and democ­racy as the fourth pil­lar. He said Is­rael’s long strug­gle to sur­vive had led it to un­der­stand a les­son: “The weak don’t sur­vive, the strong sur­vive.” He noted that “you make peace with the strong, you make al­liances with the strong, you are able to main­tain peace by be­ing strong.”

 ?? AFP ?? Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and his wife Sara pose for a pho­to­graph at the Taj Ma­hal in Agra on Tues­day.
AFP Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu and his wife Sara pose for a pho­to­graph at the Taj Ma­hal in Agra on Tues­day.

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