India-Israel Relations Since 1990s

India-Israel Relations Since 1990s

After looking at the praise on new Farm laws of India by the Israel envoy and the history of the 2 nations in the previous century, let us take a look at their relations which have steadily progressed since India officially recognized Israel in 1992.

Crux of the Matter

India-Israel Relations In Recent Decades


  • 1991: Israel reportedly provided electronic equipment for the Mig-21 fleet after the traditional supplier Soviet Union collapsed.
  • 1992: Official relations established between the 2 nations under Indian PM PV Narasimha Rao.
  • 1999: Israel solved India’s deficiency of “targeting equipment” during the Kargil War. It flew technicians to fit ‘Litening targeting pods’ on the Mirage jets of Indian Air Force (IAF), which transformed unguided bombs to “laser-guided munitions”.

India And Israel 21st Century

  • 2007: Yona Metzger, former Chief Rabbi of Israel, claimed that “Jews have lived in India for over 2,000 years and have never been discriminated against… [which] is something unparalleled in human history”.
  • 2007: Commercial Olive production was initiated in Rajasthan, as 112,000 olive plants were imported from Israel.

Relations between the 2 nations have strengthened since the election of PM Modi in 2014.

  • 2015: India abstained from voting in the UN Human Rights Council resolution, which condemned Israel for the 2014 Gaza violence.
  • 2015: Pranab Mukherjee became the first Indian President to visit Israel.
  • 2017: Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. India was Israel’s largest customer of arms in 2017, with the latter being among the top 4 arms suppliers to India in the last 20 years.
  • 2019: UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) passed Israel’s resolution to not provide observer status to the Palestinian organization ‘Shahed’ at UN institutions. India was among the nations voting in favour of the resolution, which was a notable change from its neutral position in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • 2019: India used the ‘Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby’ (SPYDER) “defence missile system” of Israel to shoot down a Pakistani drone at the Gujarat border.
  • June 2020: The SPYDER was deployed at the India-China border amidst border conflicts.

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