Two indians have written interesting articles today.
The first, Sudha Ramachandran writes in the Asia Times about Sino-Israeli Military deals since the early 1980s and how/why Washington is not happy about it.
Here are some interesting bits:
Israel is China’s second-largest arms supplier (the first being Russia). Although diplomatic relations between Israel and China were established only in 1992, military ties go back to the early 1980s. Until formal diplomatic ties were established, the military relationship was covert. Israel sold about US$4 billion worth of arms to China during the covert courtship. In the 1990s, the Sino-Israel military relationship grew rapidly. In fact, arms sales contributed to the strengthening of diplomatic engagement. (…)
The military relationship hit a trough in 2000, however, when Israel came under pressure from the US to scrap a $250 million deal to sell China the Phalcon, an airborne radar system equipped with advanced Israeli-made aeronautics on board a Russian-made plane. Washington’s argument was that providing Beijing access to the technology would upset the military balance between China and Taiwan and threaten US interests in the region. When the US Congress threatened to cut the $2.8 billion it gives Israel annually if the deal went ahead, Israel buckled and scrapped it. (…)
China is keen to have access to Israel’s high-quality defense products and services, and the relationship with Israel has enabled it to acquire “dual-use technology” that the US and Europe have been reluctant to provide.
Israel, which is among the world’s top exporters of arms, is keen on its military ties with China for several reasons. According to Gerald Steinberg, professor of political science at the Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv and consultant to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Security Council, since Israel does not sell arms to the Arab countries or Iran, it has fewer potential markets than other major players in the high-tech arms market. (However, a look at Israel’s arms market over the past several decades indicates that the country has sold arms to regimes that other countries have been reluctant to trade with.)
Unlike most other arms manufacturers, Israel exports 75% of the total production of its military industries. Israel’s military industry is dependent on exports for its survival.
The second, Syed Shahabuddin, writes in the Milli Gazette the “Indian Muslims’ Leading Newspaper”, about the Jerusalem Summit and its apocalyptic objectives which Declaration
sees the creation of a ‘PLO State in Judea and Samaria as colossal injustice arising out of primordial anti-Semitism which is at the root of anti-Israel and anti-Zionist attitudes’. It likens the PLO to international terrorism and calls on Israel to provide moral leadership to the world in the struggle against terror, by
– Ceasing to negotiate with terrorists and releasing captured murderers.
– Eliminating the terror capabilities of the Palestinian Authority.
– Liberating Arabs in Judea, Samaria and Gaza from the Jihadist machine.
– Promoting a viable humanistic alternative instead of creating a PLO State.
The Summit calls on all free nations:
– To remove despotic Islamic regimes
– To re-educate Muslim children
– To recognize PLO/PA as terrorist organization
– To stop forcing Israel to negotiate with PLO/PA
– To encourage Israel to establish sovereignty throughout the land of Israel.
Let’s not forget who are the wise individuals behind those calls: Daniel Pipes, Benjamin Netanyahu, Richard Perle, Olmert Liberman, to name but a few.
Among the organizations represented were Michael Cherney Foundation, Bridges for Peace, World Jewish Congress, ZOA, ICEJ, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, American Center for Democracy, JINSA, Palestinian Media Watch, Middle East Forum, Centre d’Etudes Huives Contemporaries de Paris, Americans for a Safe Israel, Truman Institute for Peace, Religious Zionists of America and Professors for a Strong Israel.
Among the Israeli Universities involved in the event were the Hebrew University, Oral Roberts University, Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, University of Haifa, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Yehuda and Shomron College, College of Judea and Samaria.
That’s not just the wackos of Arutz Sheva or Gush Shalom. That’s influential people from the US and Israel.
The Milli Gazette provides us with some information on the Strategic Dialogue Center yet another Israeli Thinktank with Foreign sponsorphip:
The Strategic Dialog Center (SDC) is a think-tank based at Netanya Academic College in Netanya, Israel. Its founding co-chairman is Michael Gorbachev. (…)
The Board of Directors of the SDC includes:
Mikhail Gorbachev (co-chair), former President of the USSR.
Ehud Barak (co-chair), former Prime Minister of Israel.
Prince Hassan Bin Tallal of Jordan (co-chair).
Dr. Mustafa Khalil, former Prime Minister of Egypt.
Karl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden.
Sergei Stepashin, former President of Russia.
Frederick W. De Klerk, former President of South Africa.
Abdurrahman Wahid, former President of Indonesia.
Giulio Andreotti, former Prime Minister of Italy.
Danny Yatom, MK, Maj.Gen.(ret),former Mossad chief.
R. James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence, USA.
Louis Freeh, former FBI director, USA.
Ya’akov Perry, former Shin Bet chief.
Sandy Berger, former US presidential adviser on National Security.
Martin Indyk, former US Ambassador to Israel.
Att. Zaki Kamal Dalyat al-Karmel.
Assaf Hefetz, former Israel Police Commissioner.
Lt. Gen (ret) Moshe Levi, former IDF Chief of Staff.
David Ivry, Maj.Gen.(ret), former Israel Ambassador to Washington.
Prof Gabi Ben-Dor, director International Security Resrch Center, Haifa.
Prof. Mark Jurgenmeyer, University of California.