November 28, 2008

THE BOOKENDS:

Background: Islamic terrorism helped bring Israel, India together (HERB KEINON, 11/27/08, Jerusalem Post)

The Islamic extremist terrorism behind the carnage in Mumbai has, ironically, been one of the engines behind Indian-Israeli ties, which have increased at a dizzying pace since the countries established diplomatic ties in 1992.

Efraim Inbar, the director of Bar-Ilan University's BESA Center for Strategic Studies, said Thursday that India, like Israel, "sees the same source of terrorism: radical Islam."

Combating that terrorism has been one of the anchors of the relationship, as manifest in intense defense, intelligence and counter-terrorist cooperation at the highest levels, as well as an annual counter-terror dialogue.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2008 11:15 AM
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