PROGRAM DETAILS

Israeli-Indian Relations

Instructor
Ralph Nurnberger
Category
Jewish Culture & History / International Relations
WPL03072

Course Description

Good relations between Israel and India are being taken for granted today. Bilateral ties are stable and growing stronger. This was not so in the years leading up to Israel’s independence and in the first decades of Israel’s existence. Significantly, the territories that became India and Israel were both controlled by the British prior to their independence. Since they shared this common heritage, there were some who hoped that the Jews and Indians might sympathize and support each other’s desire for independence from Britain. But this was not the case. Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru both opposed the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine; India voted against partition in 1947 and against admitting Israel to the United Nations. Yet, the nations’ current Prime Ministers recently exchanged most-friendly visits. Bilateral trade now exceeds $5 billion annually. The main theme of this presentation will be to trace how the relations between the two countries have gone from virtual hostility to an ever expanding friendship.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Ralph Nurnberger taught History and International Relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Dr. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He received his BA from Queens College, his MA from Columbia University and his PhD from Georgetown University.