By Saikat Datta, December 4, 2008
India and Israel have shared concerns over Islamic terrorism and cooperate in such diverse fields as agriculture and defence.
Culturally, they have sought mutual comfort in a divided world. Every year, nearly 30,000 Israelis spend months in India. Annual bilateral trade is pegged at nearly $3 billion, even if you discount the military hardware that India buys from Israel every year. Add in such defence purchases and you could add another $6bn to the total.
So Israeli criticism of the military operation in Nariman House was greeted in India with shock, hurt and disappointment.