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Targets of Indo-Israeli secret diplomacy

August 18, 2008

Sajjad Shaukat, sajjad_logic@yahoo.com
The Frontier Post (Pakistan)
August 17, 2008

Both India and Israel which had openly jumped on Bush's
anti-terrorism enterprise after the September 11, are acting upon a
secret diplomacy, targeting Pakistan and China in particular and
other regional countries in general. In this context, proper media
coverage was not given to the Indo-Israeli secret diplomacy, which
could be assessed from the interview of Israel's ambassador to India,
Mark Sofer published in the Indian weekly Outlook on February 18, 2008.

Regarding India's defence arrangements with Israel, Sofer had
surprisingly disclosed "We do have a defence relationship with India,
which is no secret. On the other hand, what is secret is the defence
relationship". And "with all due respect, the secret part will remain
a secret."

On being asked whether he foresaw joint exercises, Sofer replied,
"Certain issues need to remain under wraps for whatever reason."
Indo-Israeli nexus remained under wraps till 2003, when Israeli Prime
Minister Ariel Sharon visited India to officially reveal it. In this
respect, Indian 'The Tribune' wrote on September 10, 2003, "India and
Israel took giant leaps forward in bolstering the existing strategic
ties and forging new ones" and Tel Aviv has "agreed to share its
expertise with India various fields as anti-fidayeen operations,
surveillance satellites, intelligence sharing and space exploration."

Next day, 'Indian Express', disclosed, "From anti-missile systems to
hi-tech radars, from sky drones to night-vision equipment,
Indo-Israeli defense cooperation has known no bounds in recent
times". On September 5, 2003 American Wall Street Journal pointed
out, "The U.S. finally gave its approval to Israel's delivery of
Phalcon Airborne Warning & Controlling Systems (AWACS) to India"-this
"sale might affect the conventional weapons balance between India and
Pakistan".

Before it, Jerusalem Post had also indicated about Israeli sale of
the Arrow-II anti-ballistic missile defense system to India,
revealing that "the U.S. was a collaborator in the project". The Post
further elaborated that "Israel could be acquiring an element of
strategic depth by setting up logistical bases in the Indian Ocean
for its navy."

In fact, links between India and Israel were started in the early
years of the former Prime Minister Indra Gandhi when she asked the
chief of RAW Rameshwar Nath Kao to establish a clandestine liaison
with Mossad to monitor military relationship between Pakistan, China
and North Korea. During the era of Zia-ul-Haq, a RAW-Mossad joint
plot was detected to attack Pakistan's nuclear plant at Kahuta.

The matter is not confined to purchasing of military equipments only,
Indo-Israeli overt and covert links are part of a dangerous strategic
game in Asia. In this connection, the then Israeli premier, Benjamin
Netanyahu had already made it clear in July 1997 saying, "Our ties
with India don't have any limitations-as long as India and Israel are
friendly, it is a strategic gain". There are other reasons behind
Indo-Israeli secret diplomacy. Fast growing economic power of China
coupled with her rising strategic relationship with the Third World
has been misperceived by the Americans and Indians. Owing to this
jealousy, tactical support of Washington to New Delhi, indirect
military aid through Israel, the US-India nuclear deal-all are part
of American desire to make India a major power to counterbalance
China in Asia as both of them see China a "future strategic competitor".

As regards Indian new military build up, on May 31 this year, after
43 years, New Delhi re-opened its Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) airbase in
northern Ladakh, which overlooks the strategic Karakoram Pass and is
only 8 km south of the Chinese border-Aksai Chin area. India has also
erected more than 10 new helipads and roads between the Sino-Indian
border. It is of particular attention that in May 1998, when India
detonated five nuclear tests, the then Defense Minister George
Fernandes had declared publicly that "China is India's potential
threat No. 1."

India which successfully tested missile, Agni-III in May 2007, has
been extending its range to target all the big cities of China. On
the other side, a 'nuclearized' Pakistan, depending upon minimum
deterrence, having close ties with Beijing is another major target of
the Indo-Israeli secret diplomacy. However, Beijing and Islamabad
cannot neglect their common defence when their adversaries are
following a covert strategy.

Formation of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), voicing for a
multi-polar system in the world might be cited as an example. Under
the new proposed deal with Pakistan, China will be able to use the
Karakoram Highway and ports of Gwadar and Karachi for transporting
its goods to the Middle East and Africa. It is notable that on April
18, 2008, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi openly claimed that
"some external forces were trying to weaken Pak-China strategic ties
by creating misunderstandings".

On August 8, 2007 Major Tanvir Hussain Syed (R), the former
parliamentary secretary for defence accused the American CIA of
killing Chinese nationals in Pakistan to harm the cordial relations
between Islamabad and Beijing.

It is mentionable that in the recent past, when anti-government
violent protests by Buddhist monks erupted in Tibet's capital, Lhasa
including nearby provinces, New Delhi, while acting upon a secret
diplomacy backed the same, though outwardly denied.

New Delhi shows that despite Sino-Indian border dispute, she does not
favour an independence of Tibet and avoids any propaganda against
Beijing. But Indian stand was indirectly expressed by its leaders and media.

For example, the former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha said, "We
want good relations with China, but if we reach a point of conflict
over Tibet, we should be prepared for that eventuality." Indian media
had left no stone unturned in exaggerating the casualties by
manipulating China's crackdown against the militants of Tibet, which
was essential to restore law and order. Nevertheless, it is because
of the strategic developments in Asia that the issue of Tibet and
Dalai Lama is being manipulated by the anti-China states.

The state-run China Daily, on July 27, 2006, denounced the Lama as a
"splittist" and pointed out that he has "collaborated with the Indian
military and American CIA to organise Indian Tibetan special border
troops to fight their way back into Tibet."

As regards Islamabad, US, India, Afghanistan and Israel are in
collusion as part of a plot to 'destabilize' Pakistan for their
common strategic interests. It was due to new subversive acts of the
militants in Balochistan and the tribal areas, especially Swat,
backed by CIA, RAW, Khad and Mossad that on June 29, 2008, Prime
Minister Gilani stated that there were "several enemies of the
country" and "foreign hands were also involved in the acts of terrorism".

On August 4, President Musharraf also said that India was behind the
unrest in Balochistan, providing arms and ammunition to those
involved in violence in the province. Recently, Islamabad indicated
evidence that there are a number of Indian training camps in
Afghanistan from where saboteurs are being sent to these areas to
commit terrorist activities.

During the recent trip of Prime Minister Gilani to the US, American
media propagated ties between Pakistan's intelligence service, ISI
and militants in the tribal regions, blaming it for the bombing of
Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7. These false allegations were also
repeated by Kabul and New Delhi. The main aim behind was to tarnish
the image of ISI to conceal the clandestine activities of CIA, RAW,
Mossad and Khad which have been creating unrest in Pakistan.

The fact of the matter is that by availing the ongoing international
phenomena of terrorism, Jewish-Hindu lobbies are collectively working
in America and other European countries to exploit the double
standards of the west in relation to terrorism and human rights
vis-à-vis Pakistan and China. Israel and India are equating the 'war
of independence' in Kashmir and Palestine with terrorism. They also
accuse Iran, Syria and Pakistan of sponsoring cross-border terrorism
in the related regions of South Asia and the Middle East.

If India considers Pakistan as her enemy number one, Israel takes
Iran in the same sense especially due to its nuclear programme which
is also negated by the US. Tel Aviv is also against Pakistan as it is
the only nuclear Islamic country.

However, these similarities of interest have brought the two
countries to follow a common secret diplomacy with the tactical
support of Washington, targeting particularly Pakistan and China
including other states like Nepal, North Korea, Bangladesh, Iran, Syria etc.
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