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India votes with Israel, keeps Palestinian NGO out of UN

India follows Netanyahu’s recommendation and votes with Israel to block Palestinian NGO from attaining consultative status in the UN Economic and Social Council.
– The decision to block the NGO was adopted, 28 in favor to 15 against, with 5 abstentions.

By Press Trust of India


In a rare move, India voted in favour of a decision introduced by Israel in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian non-governmental organisation, after the Jewish state said the organisation did not disclose its ties with Hamas.

Israel introduced at a meeting of the ECOSOC the draft decision “L.15” on June 6 titled “Application of the non-governmental organisation Palestinian Association for Human Rights – Witness for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council” that sought to return to the NGO Committee Witness’ application for consultative status, a very rare occurrence. Continue Reading »

India Reports Deal Soon To Be Sealed on Joint Missile Development With Israel

The Times of India reported Thursday morning that India and Israel are close to signing a deal on developing a joint missile system.

By Moshe Cohen


Israel and India are close to a deal on developing a joint missile system, the Times of India reported Thursday.

PM Netanyahu with India’s PM Narendra Modi – Photo: Avi Ohayon/GPO

Negotiators had “virtually sealed” the deal for medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MR-SAM) missiles which the Indian Army will purchase from Israeli developers, including Israel Aerospace Industries. The manufacturing will mostly take part in India.

Over the past 15 years, Israel has sold over $10 billion in defense systems and arms to India making Israel “among the top defense suppliers to India,” the Times of India said.

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First Israel Defense Minister to Visit India, a “True Friend”

Israeli DM Moshe Ya’alon takes off Monday night for an official visit to India – the 1st time Israel’s Defense Minister to made the journey.

By Kobi Finkler & Cynthia Blank


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) will take off Monday night for New Delhi as part of an official visit to India.

His visit will mark the first time an Israeli defense minister has traveled to the Asian nation.

During his visit, Ya’alon will attend the inauguration of a defense industries of Israel pavilion during an arms fair held in the city of Bangalore, the capital of southern Indian state Karnataka.

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Another 50 Bnei Menashe from India Make Aliyah to Israel

Organizers hail this as a ‘modern-day miracle’ in bringing exiled Jews home as the total number of Bnei Menashe so far to make Aliyah in 2014 reaches a record high of 500.

By Tova Dvorin


Fifty Bnei Menashe immigrants made Aliyah from India to Israel on Tuesday, bringing the total number of community members to make Aliyah in 2014 to 500 – the most ever.

Bnei Menashe arrive in Israel

Bnei Menashe arrive in Israel – Photo: Shavei Israel

Another 200 are slated to arrive by the end of November.

The Bnei Menashe claim descent from the tribe of Menashe (or Manasseh), one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel which were exiled by the Assyrian empire after the death of King Solomon more than 2,700 years ago. Continue Reading »

Israeli still in Indian Prison After Neglected Bullet Found in Backpack

Steve Silvenchev is another of several post-IDF Israelis who are or have been imprisoned abroad for the ‘crime’ of forgetting to clean out a backpack that was used during his army service.

By Yosef Berger


Steve Silvenchev, an Israeli tourist in India, had been in jail in Mumbai for seven months, after authorities there found a bullet in a backpack that he had used at times during his stint in the IDF. They were detected when he went through security in Mumbai when he arrived on what was planned to be a post-army hike. Equipment at Ben Gurion Airport did not pick up the bullets. Continue Reading »

India to Buy 15 Israeli Drones

The Indian gov’t approved a purchase Monday to acquire Israeli manufactured UAVs with the goal of boosting India’s surveillance capabilities.

By Tova Dvorin


India will purchase 15 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israel, news outlets reported Monday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the purchase at a Cabinet meeting, according to Defense Update. The goal: to boost India’s line of surveillance against northern border countries and regional rivals Pakistan and China.

Heron UAV – IAF photo

The purchase will cost about 1,200 crores / 120 million rupees, or just under 2 million dollars. 

News Pakistan reports that while India has already invested in IAF technology, the upgrade will give the Indian government long-range control over survey and reconnaissance missions via satellite. Continue Reading »

India Arrests Terrorist Planning New Mumbai Attack

Israel TV-2 reports Global Jihad terrorist has been arrested by Indian authorities. India has Heightened security alert around possible Jewish targets.

By Gil Ronen


Channel 2‘s website says that Indian security forces have arrested a Global Jihad terrorist who they believe planned to carry out terror attacks against Jewish targets in India. The investigation revealed that he is part of a cell that planned terror attacks in Mumbai and other locations. Chabad houses were reportedly on the list of planned targets.

The report has not been corroborated by other news sources.

According to the report, there are terror alerts regarding two possible targets on the island of Goa, which is very popular with Israelis, especially in the October “party season”: a beach town named Anjuna and a nearby resort village named Arambul. Continue Reading »

Jewish Establishments in India Warned to Strengthen its Security

REPORT: Jewish establishments in Mumbai have been surveyed by Indian Mujahideen members for possible terrorist strikes.




Amid a terror threat, Jewish establishments in India have been instructed by police to tighten security in and around their businesses.

A file photo of the inside of Chabad's Nariman House in south Mumbai taken sometime after the terror attack that killed its rabbi, his wife and several guests  - Photo: AFP

A file photo of the inside of Chabad’s Nariman House in south Mumbai taken sometime after the terror attack that killed its rabbi, his wife and several guests – Photo: AFP

The call came following the interrogation of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal by the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi, as well as in the wake of the Islamist attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

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50 of Bnei Menashe community of India move to Israel


Israel’s Chief rabbi recognized Bnei Menashe as a ‘Lost Tribe’ in 2005, but only 1,700 moved to Israel before the gov’t stopped granting visas

Gov’t recently reversed policy, reopening doors for immigration for the 7,200 remaining in India

The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff




A group of 50 Jews said to descend from one of the 10 Lost Tribes prepared Thursday to immigrate to Israel from their village in northeastern India.

Ingathering of the exiles: Bnei Menashe pray prior to their departure for Israel. – Photo: AP

The members of the Bnei Menashe community prayed in their local synagogue and then hugged their crying relatives before heading off to the airport in the Manipur state capital of Imphal, 55 kilometers (34 miles) away.

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India arrests Israeli caught with rifle bullets in backpack

Israel working to release Israeli on post-army trip after Indian authorities recover 2 bullets in his backpack forgotten there from his army service

Itamar Eichner


An Israeli man was detained in Mumbai, India last week after he was found carrying two rifle bullets in his backpack, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Tuesday. Israelis working to secure his release.

‘back-packers’, traveling the world – Photo: Gilad Kavalerchik

The man, in his 20s, was on a post-army trip to the Far East and had apparently forgotten the bullets in his backpack during his service in a combat military unit.

Last Thursday, he landed in Mumbai where he was meant to board a flight to another destination. Continue Reading »

India reports: Iran behind attack on Israeli diplomat in Feb.

Official Indian Police report names Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards responsible for New Delhi terrorist attack on Israeli Embassy

By Ynet

The New Delhi Police has officially named Iran’s Revolutionary Guards responsible for the February 13 terror attacks against Israeli diplomats in the Indian capital.

עיתונאי סייע למחבלים האיראנים. זירת הפיגוע בניו דלהי (צילום: AP)

Scene of the attack – Photo: AP

The attack saw an explosion tear through a diplomat’s car in the vicinity of the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi. Tal Yehoshua Koren, the wife of one of the diplomats was injured in the blast.

Tal Yehoshua Koren

Tal Yehoshua Koren – AP

According to the Time of India, the investigation has concluded that the Iranian suspects “discussed the plan to attack the Israeli diplomats in India and other countries with Indian journalist Syed Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi in January.” Continue Reading »

India disturbed by Israeli pressure to join ranks against Iran


Delegation to visit New Delhi in June to explain Jerusalem’s stance, push for cut to Iranian oil imports

Israel is stepping up its pressure on India to join its crusade against the Iranian nuclear program, a policy that the New Delhi government is finding hard to accept, The Telegraph India wrote on Thursday.

In June, an Israeli delegation will travel to India to further stress Jerusalem’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear intentions and the importance it sees for India to accept Israel’s stance.

However, Indian officials are uncomfortable with Israel’s determined, and very public, diplomatic assault on Iran. As one of its biggest customers, India is dependent on Iran for its oil supply and is also sensitive about its own local Muslim population. Continue Reading »

India: Iranian was Watching Jewish Sites

India has expelled an Iranian man who gathered information on Jewish sites and local Jewish businessmen.

India has expelled an Iranian man accused of gathering information on Jewish sites in the city of Pune. 40-year-old Hamid Kashkouli passed his findings on to Iran.

One of the sites Kashkouli spied on was the local Chabad House. In 2008 a Chabad House was among the targets when terrorists launched a multi-pronged attack in Mumbai. Nine were murdered, among them Chabad Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg, 29, and his wife Rivka, 28.

Kashkouli had been in India as a PhD student. However, in his three years in the country, he made no progress in his doctorate work. Continue Reading »