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How to maintain balance in relationship with Israel and Iran?

India cannot afford to antagonize either.. so what the best way to maintain balance of relation between these two nations ( like saap bhi mar jaye or lathi bhi na tute)

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  • @DrKingSchultz any views on this? can you please tag someone who has POlity as optional to shed some light on this?
  • edited October 2016
    One of the many ways would be people to people contacts

    for ex:-

    1) Team Iran is now in India to participate in the world kabaddi championship
    2) We can piggyback on our Jewish citizens present mostly in A.P, Maharashtra etc to engage with the people of Israel.

    Secondly, as we are presently doing, for energy security, we can tag along with Iran (sourcing oil), and engage more with Israel in defence i.e. LRSAM, BARAK-1 etc.
    An Ounce of Action Is Worth a Ton of Theory
  • edited October 2016
    trilateral is not zero sum game. both need india like the way india need the other 2.
    1. Israel is reliable defence supplier for india and india, one of huge defence market for israel. Similarly, Iran needs india as huge oil market while india needs iran for oil import.
    2. common interests: terrorism, information/intelligence sharing, tourism - india cooperate with other individually.
    3. Iran - india has common interest wrto connect central asia policy, peace, stable and secure afghanistan to prevent spill over of terrorism , containment of golden crescent etc. THere is no israel equation here.
    4. Similarly india-israel also cooeprate with each other wrto terrorism, space cooperation between the 2 nations' space agencies, agriiculture etc
    But on other side, it can said that arab-israel hostile relation spoil the warm relation with india. But india is mature enough to balance the game.

    Just tried, correct me if i go wrong
  • points well made but it is still now clear how far india can take its relation with iran or israel without antagonizing either or other countries in midlde east.. i am looking for a best possible outcome which iam not sure what should be
  • points well made but it is still now clear how far india can take its relation with iran or israel without antagonizing either or other countries in midlde east.. i am looking for a best possible outcome which iam not sure what should be

    Till there is a truce between the two nations, it is extremely difficult to balance the two
    An Ounce of Action Is Worth a Ton of Theory
  • May be u may keep things simple. NO zero sum game means - de-hyphenating 1 relation with other - not combining 1 relation with other. same logic holds with india-saudi-iran; india-US-Russia; india-japan-china; india-US-china etc...
  • By being pragmatic and letting them do what they want as long as we get what we want.
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  • By being pragmatic and letting them do what they want as long as we get what we want.

    Nuke each other? :P @DrKingSchultz
    An Ounce of Action Is Worth a Ton of Theory
  • By being pragmatic and letting them do what they want as long as we get what we want.

    Nuke each other? :P @ DrKingSchultz
    Lol, they won't. For the same reason that we don't. :tongue:
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  • My two cents, based on below premises
    Core interest of Israel-Safety and security of Israel Nation state from state as well as non state actors like Hezbollah
    Core interest of Iran- its territorial integrity should be maintained and Saudi Arabia should be kept in check as sectarian difference plays important role in the regional politics of Middle east.

    What India can do- Develop deep economic and commercial links between Israel and Iran independently . As basket of commodities are different there wont be any conflict at this stage.

    Real difference will crop in strategic affairs: India should strengthen global governance structure like UNO . Israel right to existence should be acknowledged by Iran . India can facilitate developing right atmosphere in such forum apart from bilateral efforts .Further India can act as mediator between USA and Iran for solving their dispute.





  • edited October 2016
    India is trying to keep away from regional geopolitics now. We all know that indo-iran relations were bad throughout from india's independence to 1980s and in early 1990s only both india and iran tried to redefine their policies. Reasons being-
    *US attempt to isolate iran globally
    *USSR disintegration
    *Death of Khomeinie- extreme islamic fundamentalist
    Areas of mutual cooperation
    *India's growing energy demands and iran wants a huge market for its oil.
    *Joint working group on terrorism, security, intelligence sharing.
    *Both want peace in Afghanistan.
    *Iran wants investment and technology from india to shore up its economy.
    *Iran wants its army to modernize and india can play a vital role but here india needs to be careful, israel is arms supplier to india and will not tolerate india supplying its technology to iran.
    Though India voted with the west on iranian nuclear programme due to pressure from washington in lieu of Indo-US nuclear pact,it never submitted itself to washington's demands of Isolating iran by terminating all deals of military and energy sector further softened iran's stand on india. Clearly Iran needs india more than india needs iran.

    India established full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992 and relations between iran and israel are very hostile. India kept away from israel due to muslim sentiments on palestine issue but israel was supportive throughout, it helped india during indo-china, indo-pak 1965,71 wars. In nintees India seemed more willing to openly carve out a mutually benefit bilateral relationship with israel. Reasons being-
    *India's pro arab stance was not rewarded back by arab world.
    *India's growing military needs and technology especially after USSR break out.
    Areas of mutual cooperation
    *Defence, israel 2nd biggest supplier of arms to india
    *combating terrorism
    *Space technology
    *Agriculture- cold store chains etc, farm research
    *Public health
    *IT, telecommunications and much more
    Israel sees iran as main supporter of anti israeli Hezbollah in lebanaon and iran supports palestine cause, this makes the situation very vulnerable and india needs to watch its steps carefully. India wil have to keep its relationship with israel insulated from its bilateral dealings with other middle east nations. Israel has officially raised its concersn about india supplying defense technology to iran that was procured from israel, india needs to refrain itself from such moves which can deteriorate relationship with either of the country. On international forums India should try to mediate between two nations to make peace. @ariesrahul
  • thanks all got enough points to frame an answer now
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