The 6 day long love-fest between Benjamin Netanyahu and Narendra Modi already qualifies as the most elaborate foreign visit of the Zionist regime’s leader, aside his multiple visits to the United States. For the Indian public and the pro-government Hindutva media, it is a kind of ‘grand showcase’ whereby Modi and his associates are treating the foreign leader like a king among kings.
Behind the scenes however, there is talk of wide ranging deals which would see the purchase and transfer of multiple Israeli weapons to India. Modi has put the final nail in the coffin of India’s once vaunted neutral position in Middle Eastern affairs, one that at a time even tilted in favour of Palestine. The narrative regarding erstwhile Indian sympathies with Palestine, due to the anti-colonial struggle of the Palestinian cause has been replaced by a new reactionary narrative centred on a disregard for the human rights of Muslims.
Modi’s political party, the BJP have mastered the art of American and European style simplistic anti-Muslim rhetoric (much of which was originally authored by Israeli propagandists), which has been combined with a Hindutva narrative which sees Hindus uniquely superior to all other Indians, but particularly Muslim Indians. According to this narrative, righteous Hindus are being victimised by a global Islamic conspiracy, in spite of their superior qualities to both South Asian Muslim populations and the Muslim populations of the wider world.
If this narrative sounds familiar, it is because it sounds a lot like the Zionist narrative which paints Israeli colonists as victims, while simultaneously showcasing ultra-modern weapons systems that are superior not only to the sticks and stones of the Palestinian resistance, but also in many cases superior to those possessed by its Arab neighbours.
It is no surprising that Netanyahu feels comfortable in today’s India, as Delhi has adopted the “victim-oppressor” narrative more studiously than any other country outside of “Israel”. As a result, many Middle Eastern countries with substantial Islamic populations have become alienated from India.
After Modi’s 2017 visit to “Israel”, Syrian officials questioned whether Indian investment in post-conflict reconstruction could be welcomed as the Zionist regime continues to occupy Syria. In Iranian media, many are also openly questioning the long-term prospects of collaborative projects with India, due to the pro-Zionist stance of Modi and his party. But while it is clear that a pro-Zionist India would not make for a trusted partner among countries threatened and occupied by the Zionist regime, what is less clear but even more important is how China will react.
Unlike Iran, Syria and other Islamic countries, China, like Russia, has healthy and open relations with both Palestine and “Israel”. Because of this, Modi’s infatuation with Netanyahu and his criminal regime doesn’t make a difference to China, certainly not on the face of things. However, the wide ranging results of this new friendship could impact on China’s views of India.
India’s eagerness to receive Israeli weapons will be viewed by China as a direct provocation. This is not because China doesn’t have its own world-class weapons systems, but because other than Pakistan, China is an Indian neighbour that is frequently provoked by aggressive Indian manoeuvres on its long and fraught borders disputes with China. Few in China will forget that even during the 1962 war with India, Israel supplied New Delhi with weapons, even though this did not change the overall outcome of the war which China won with comparative ease.
However, Israeli weapons in India, much like US built weapons, are viewed by China as weapons from the NATO side of the geo-political fence and consequently, the delivery of hi-tech Israeli weapons to India will be seen in Beijing as a far more suspicious move than the importing of weapons from an anti-NATO state like Russia. Because India’s weapons will be aimed at both China and China’s key Pakistani ally, no one in Beijing will be amused by the Zionist-Hindutva circus going on next door. While China is perfectly happy to do economic deals with “Israel”, it does not want “Israel” to become a de-facto weapons salesman to anti-Chinese aggression across Asia, even though this is something that “Israel” seems increasingly happy to be.
For the moment, China will not offer any obvious response to Netanyahu’s weapons selling tour of India, but if the alliance between New Delhi and Tel Aviv continues to grow, there could be a point where China and Pakistan will both find themselves in agreement that the inflow of Israeli weapons into South Asia is an overt threat to regional security. This could indeed be a long-term unintended consequence of the new found love between Bibi and Modi.