2:02 pm - Tuesday July 25, 2017

The Genius of Israel : A Nation Beyond Holocaust and Wars

The Genius of Israel : A Nation Beyond Holocaust and Wars Modi Netanyahu

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Hitler in forties and Arabs in 1967 did great injustice to Jews and Israel by limiting and reducing the popular perception of Jewish identity to just Holocaust and Palestine conflict . It was like seeing world through dark goggles and missing its majestic colours. Israel and Jews have been the jewel of human race .For hindus the story of Israel has a special significance . Jews are the possibly only people persecuted in history even more than hindus and have rebound with far more vigor than hindus .Having won 22% of the Nobel prizes with just being 0.2% of the world population , Jews have proved their worth to humanity adequately .Albert Einstein possibly is the best known genius who belongs to humanity not just jews .

Both India and Israel became independent together ie 1947 and 1948 respectively . India has made great advancement by emerging as the third largest economy of world ( PPP) . However still burdened by its thousand years of slavery , Indians have not yet discovered their true potential. Before the British arrived, India and China were having a share of about 22- 25% share of world trade . Inspite of sixty years of freedom we are still having just 1.6% share of the world trade (exports). Chinese on the other hand now are the biggest economy of the world having 13.8 % share of the world trade (exports) . The hindus who once traded as far as Africa have yet to discover their full potential like mythical Hanuman . Israel could be the Jamvant of Ramayan who convinced Hanuman that he could cross the sea to reach Lanka .

When Prime Minister Modi meets Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu on 4 th July in Tel Aviv ,he shouldnot just look for defence or trade deals with Israel . Defence and Trade deals are indeed important . India is looking for a reliable partner for defence equipment . Israel’s Iron Dome Missile defence system is possibly the world’s most proven defence system . Its radars , reconnaissance systems small arms and electronic equipment are world class . However India could be looking for more joint development projects like Barrac missile .

Similarly even more useful joint projects can be in cooperation in science and and technology . Israel is world leader in development of Water management , recycling and Desalination technologies . The famous Drip Irrigation was invented by Israel Scientists . Israel today gets 55% of its drinking water from its Desalination plants . For India it is invaluable not only for Andamans Islands but for its entire rain deficient coast line in West and South India . Like Solar Energy it has great potential for future . Those of us who have visited Israel cannot but be amazed at its success in dry farming and genetics . Its cows yield highest milk in the world . It grows more food per acre than any one else in world in similar circumstances .

But beyond these mundane items I want Indo Israel friendship in recharging our research and techonological development . Our research remains very low quality .The Indian Babu will never get best out of our scientist and no government can break their stranglehold . So DRDO or CSIR or Agriculture research to increase yield of oil seed and pulses and vegetables and fruits needs to be brought in Joint Research ambit on revenue sharing basis .

Similarly in Defence we should look for more joint development projects with revenue sharing model.

Israel is possibly looking for a reliable friend . India with its size and history is just the right choice . As far as Palestine is concerned we should offer massive humanitarian and development assistance in hospitals , educational institutions of excellence and food aid as we are doing in Afghanistan . We will be more useful in this role and their pragmatic leadership will understand our limitation .

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