South Asia Monitor: India Plays Both Sides In The Middle East - December 01, 2000
December 1, 2000
In the past year, India's economic and security ties with Israel have made remarkable strides, while its political relations with Arab countries have drifted. On the other hand, growing oil trade and substantial remittances from Indians living in the Gulf have made India and the Arab states even more economically intertwined. India's growing energy needs make energy trade one of the key elements in its security and economic health. While some BJP-friendly thinkers see India's future in a strategic relationship with Israel and Japan, a more likely Indian approach will involve concurrent efforts to build ties with Israel, Iran and the major Arab countries.