Professor P R Kumaraswamy was joined by guests and IISS members for a discussion on India’s growing relationship with Israel.

Questions covered included: how will Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July 2017, the first by an Indian prime minister to Israel, affect the bilateral relationship? What will this mean for India–Palestine relations? Will this impact India’s relations with Iran and member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council?

A quarter of a century after normalisation, Indo–Israeli relations have grown exponentially and are taking an interesting trajectory. The maturity of the relationship manifests in India’s willingness to pursue Israel more openly and adopt positions that are at variance with its century-old policy towards the Palestine issue, a trend which is more visible since Narendra Modi became prime minister in May 2014. While military and security cooperation has dominated the agenda, Israel has also emerged as a key player in India’s economic development objectives.

Professor P R Kumaraswamy teaches contemporary Middle Eastern studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University and is the author of India's Israel Policy (Columbia University Press, 2010) and Squaring the Circle: Mahatma Gandhi and Jewish National Home (forthcoming). In 2010 he set up Middle East Institute, New Delhi and serves as its Honorary Director.

This event was chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia at IISS. It took place in the Trafalgar Room at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, London, WC2 3DX.

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Event details

Discussion meeting
P R Kumaraswamy, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, Senior Fellow for South Asia, IISS
Arundel House, London
Wednesday 31 May, 1-2pm BST