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Israeli-Indian Relations

Ralph Nurnberger
Jewish Culture & History / International Relations

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

  • Ralph Nurnberger, PhD, is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He 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. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as Executive Director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a Senior Partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He received his BA from Queens College, his MA from Columbia University, and his PhD from Georgetown University.

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