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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:54 pm    Post subject: 'Israeli commandos to land Kashmir' Reply with quote

Israeli Army Chief’s secret Kashmir Yatra

Sultan M Hali

Israel’s Army chief, Major General Avi Mizrahi secretly visited Kashmir last week. Indian authorities remained tight-lipped about the visit, neither confirming nor denying, however, the lid was blown by Iranian News Agency, IRNA. Earlier, Major General Avi Mizrahi, had arrived in New Delhi on September 9, on a three-day visit, where he met his counterpart Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor and also minister of state for defence production, Rao Inderjit Singh, chiefs of India’s navy and air force and discussed joint military training and exercises for the two armed forces.

Israel has offered to train Indian troops in counter-insurgency and anti-terrorist operations. General Mizrahi’s visit to Kashmir comes in the backdrop of a massive anti-India agitation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir. At least 50 persons have been killed in the uprising that began two months back with the tensions still high. India and Israel have shared defense co-operation since diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Tel Aviv were established in 1992. The ties have become stronger in recent times with India emerging as the largest purchaser of Israeli arms since the beginning of the 21st century. India has purchased the Phalcons Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems from Israel that would be fitted onto the Indian Air Force’s three IL-76 heavy-lift transport aircraft. It has also bought the Green Pine radars that warn of incoming enemy ballistic missiles. The Indian armed forces also use Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance. The Indian Army uses Israeli night-vision equipment, particularly in Kashmir. Indian troops in occupied Kashmir have been armed with Israeli made Travor assault rifles to crush the Kashmiris’ righteous struggle. The TAR-21 Travor rifle costing around $6500 is one of the most modern assault rifles available in the world. According to Kashmir Media Service, the rifles are part of India’s strategy to use them during siege and search operation in civilian areas in the disputed territory.

It may be recalled that last year in October, a delegation of senior Israeli army officers secretly visited the violence hit Kashmir. Israeli army officers, during their visit to Kashmir, undertook real time testing of the sophisticated equipment sold by Israel to the Indian army. The wide array of Israeli-made surveillance devices, ranging from unattended ground sensors and Hand-Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI) to Long-Range Reconnaissance and Observation Systems and the Battle Field Surveillance Radars and the Surveillance Grid have been deployed by the Indian army along the LoC to keep a check on the infiltration of militants from the Pakistani side of Kashmir. The Indian Army has installed new and sophisticated surveillance equipment in the border district of Kupwara, Kashmir, to keep a check on the movement of “infiltrators”. The system, named Surveillance Grid, was imported from Israel. The equipment has been installed at selected points prone to infiltration. The Surveillance Grid is the first monitoring system of its kind in South Asia. The surveillance grid makes combined use of high-power cameras, thermal sensing cameras and long range observation system (Loros) to monitor all types of movements at and across the border with Pakistan. The Israeli army delegation reviewed the functioning and effectiveness of the equipment in Kashmir. The Israeli army delegation also shared with Indian army officers and men, their experiences of tackling infiltration and militancy in Palestinians areas. The Israeli army has been training Indian army personnel to fight militancy in Kashmir. After real time testing, the Israeli officers assessed the role of the gadgets and checked their effectiveness. This was the second trip for Israeli army officers, to the strife-torn state within four months. Earlier, in the month of June, 2007 an Israeli army delegation led by its Deputy Chief of General Staff, Major General Moshe Kaplinsky visited Jammu. During their stay in Jammu, the Israeli army commanders visited the border areas to check the functional compatibilities of a large amount of military equipment, procured from Israel and installed close to the LoC. The Indo-Israeli defence ties are increasing and there are reports that it was on the advice of Israeli army commanders that India fenced with barbed wire the 720-km-long LoC with Pakistan to check the infiltration of militants from across the border. India and Israel have a lot in common. The partition of India and its freedom from colonial rule set precedence for nations such as Israel, which demanded a separate homeland because of the irreconcilable differences between the Arabs and the Jews. The British left Israel in May 1948, handing the question of division over to the UN. Un-enforced UN Resolutions to map out boundaries between Israel and Palestine has led to several Arab-Israeli wars and the conflict still continues. A major difference between the two colonial endeavours, however, is that in the first case, no Palestinian state has yet emerged even after 60 years, despite the stipulations of international law. In February 1947 Mountbatten was sent out as Viceroy to India. He oversaw the process of partition of the Indian Sub-continent; meddling in the process in such a way that Jammu and Kashmir would inevitably go to India regardless of the sentiments of the indigenous population by allocating the Gurdaspur district of the Punjab to India. Had Gurdaspur gone to Pakistan, there would have been no land-route connecting India to Kashmir.

Just as in Palestine, the British role appears to have been deliberately designed to bypass the right of the indigenous Kashmiri population to self-determination. In this respect, the parallel between Palestine and Kashmir is quite obvious. In both cases, British colonial manipulation resulted in the violation of the right of a people to self-determination, and the blocking of the emergence of a legitimate independent state. The secret visit of the Israeli Army Chief to Indian-occupied Kashmir is ominous as it foments trouble for the Kashmiri freedom fighters and their cause. The strife-torn Valley has been yearning for freedom and peace, but Indian authorities are not only bent upon trampling their rights but also take aid from Israelis.

[Pakistan Observer]


Israeli Commandos to land Kashmir

September 14: OC Ground Forces Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi paid an unscheduled visit to the disputed state of Kashmir last week to get an up-close look at the challenges the Indian military faces in its fight against Islamic insurgents.

Mizrahi was in India for three days of meetings with the country's
military brass and to discuss a plan the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is drafting for Israeli
commandos to train Indian counterterror forces.

Under the proposed agreement, the IDF would send highly-trained
commandos to train Indian soldiers in counterterror tactics, urban
warfare and fighting in guerrilla settings.

Mizrahi's visit to Kashmir was reportedly kept secret at the time
since India feared it could spark violence in the disputed state; it
was subsequently reported widely in the Indian and Pakistani press.

Media reports said Mizrahi spent several hours at the Akhnoor Military Base in Kashmir where he gave a lecture to senior officers on
counterterror operations.

India is the largest importer of arms from Israel and since 2002 has
bought more than $5 billion worth of equipment.

While Mizrahi's visit did not spark violence it did upset Kashmir
nationalists. The Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau has recommended that Israelis refrain from visiting Kashmir.

Farooq Ahmad Dar, a senior leader of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, told an Indian Qeb site the visit was "part of plan under which India intends to suppress the ongoing intifada movement in Kashmir by dint of power, and change Kashmir's demography."

On Friday, tens of thousands of Muslims participated in
pro-independence rallies across Indian Kashmir, leading to scattered
clashes with government forces that left at least two protesters dead
and dozens wounded.

Separatist leaders have warned Indian authorities that the situation
could spiral out of control if they "use force to break peaceful

More than two months of angry protests, some of the biggest anti-India demonstrations in two decades, have left at least 43 people dead in Indian-controlled Kashmir, most of them killed when soldiers opened fire on Muslim protesters.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, India's only
Muslim-majority state, where most people favor independence from
mainly Hindu India, or a merger with Pakistan.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, when the two countries fought their first war over the region in the
aftermath of Britain's partition of the subcontinent. Both countries
continue to claim all of Kashmir.

Separatist movements in Indian-controlled Kashmir remained peaceful until 1989, when Islamic insurgents took up arms.

An estimated 68,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

[AP/The Jerusalem Post]
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Israeli Troops to Train Indians in Counterterrorism

By vivek raghuvanshi
Published: 9 Sep 13:02 EDT (17:02 GMT)

NEW DELHI -India and Israel are drafting a roadmap for Israeli commando forces to conduct specialized counterterrorism exercises for Indian troops.

Israel's Army chief, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi, and Indian Army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor will finalize the details of the exercises during Mizrahi's Sept. 9-11 visit here.

A senior Indian Army official said that under the proposed agreement, a select group of Israeli commandos will train Indian troops at different unnamed locations in India, including jungles, mountains and highly populated urban zones. Without divulging specifics, the Army official said the Indian forces will undergo intense close-quarter operations training with the aim of learning how to kill insurgents or terrorists without harming the local population.

The plan calls for the Indian troops to have multiple training sessions on a regular basis, the Army official said.

Indian Army has also taken a keen interest in the homeland security operations, armaments and surveillance devices used by Israeli troops.

India is the largest importer of weaponry from Israel. Last week, India awarded a $260 million contract to Rafael of Israel for 36 Spyder Air Defense systems for the Indian Air Force.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any training is always welcome.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

indeed... especially Israeli expertise is always a boon.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This sort of training is always welcome and very much needed for our Army. Thank you Israel!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now i think RAW should learn something from Mossad - How to chase and kill terrorists!!!! High time this needs to be done.

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