Most Americans are ill-prepared to engage thoughtfully in the increasingly serious debate about Israel, its place in the Middle East, and its relations with the United States. Essential Israel examines a wide variety of complex issues and current concerns in historical and contemporary contexts to provide readers with an intimate sense of the dynamic society and culture that is Israel today. The expert contributors to this volume address the Arab-Israeli conflict, the state of diplomatic efforts to bring about peace, Zionism and the impact of the Holocaust, the status of the Jewish state and Israeli democracy, foreign relations, immigration and Israeli identity, as well as literature, film, and the other arts.
This unique and innovative volume provides solid grounding to understandings of Israel's history, politics, culture, and possibilities for the future.
Prof. Benyamin Neuberger
He is founding editor of Israel Studies. They have quite successfully accomplished this goal. This book, with its in-depth analysis and erudition, can be used as an excellent tool in Middle Eastern politics classes while also serving as an intellectual resource for experts who want to learn more about the complexities of Israel.
Despite the confidence that many have in their views of Israel, they have limited knowledge. The essays in this volume educate and make possible reasoned discourse about Israel and its role in the world. The wide array of essays by leading academics and scholars provides both an accessible introduction to newcomers to the field of Israel studies as well as a thought-provoking collection even for seasoned participants in the conversation. It raises public understanding by pressing key questions about Israel, its politics, demography, international relations, and culture. Short of travel to and study in Israel itself, this is the next best thing.
An indispensable addition to make to your book shelf. Essential Israel ought be required reading for everyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Israeli society in the 21st century. The result is a book that will speak to the full range of interests people are likely to have, something a historical account alone cannot do. People new to the subject will find this a perfect place to start, but many who feel they know Israel well will also find much here that is new. Written by leading experts and crafted for an American audience with simplicity and elegance they will enhance an understanding of the intricacies of Israeli society for students in the classroom and for a public anxious to understand that complicated country.
India has chosen Israel as a strategic partner G2G in the field of agriculture. IIAP has been initiated in after signing a bilateral agreement between Indian and Israeli ministers of Agriculture Till date three phases of IIAP has been channeled. Each IIAP phase lasts for three years —; —, — As a goal the CoE aims to serve the farmer with a focus on a key crop. Also in , Israel and India finalised an agricultural plan introducing crops native to the Middle East and Mediterranean to India, with a particular focus on olives.
With the recent discovery of the Tamar and Levianthan gas fields off the coast of Israel , India has been one of the first countries to bid for an exploration license in order to extract and import natural gas from the Jewish State. In , cultural artists and performers from India arrived in Israel to participate in a three-week festival commemorating 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
According to India's then Ambassador to Israel Navtej Sarna , the purpose of the festival was to improve the bilateral relationship between the two countries by facilitating a greater understanding of each other's culture. Yoga has proven to be immensely popular in Israel and is a sign of Israel's cultural connection to India. Around 40, Israelis, many of whom have just finished military service ,  visit India annually.
The number of tourists from India visiting Israel touched 15, in the year In , representatives from both countries met in Delhi, and planned to enhance tourism through collaboration in the spheres of destination management and promotion, as well as in manpower development.
Plans for tour-operators and travel agents in both countries to coordinate were also discussed. In March , Air India, operating flight number AI, became the first airline to fly non-stop from New Delhi to Tel Aviv , via the airspace of Saudi Arabia , overturning an overfly ban on flights to Israel that had lasted 70 years.
Currently, Air India is the only airline in the world that has been given such permission, and indicates a behind-the-scenes improvement in relations between Israel and the Arab world. In recent days, the success of the route has prompted the airline to increase the frequency of flights to one each day. In recent months, Israel has observed a constant rise in the number of Indian tourists to the country. Towards an additional effort to boost tourism from India, the Israeli government has simplified visa procedures for Indians who have already availed visas from either Canada , Australia , United States , Schengen countries or Israel and have completed their travel to these countries.
This is something unparalleled in human history. In August , amidst protests,  a delegation of Indian Muslim leaders and journalists traveled to Israel. In , a second Hindu-Jewish summit took place in Jerusalem. On November , Israeli President Shimon Peres remarked, "I think India is the greatest show of how so many differences in language, in sects can coexist facing great suffering and keeping full freedom. The history of the Jewish people in India dates back to ancient times. The better-established ancient communities have assimilated a large number of local traditions through cultural diffusion.
The majority of Indian Jews have "made Aliyah " migrated to Israel since the creation of the modern state in In the beginning of the 21st century, new Jewish communities have been established in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and other cities in India. The new communities have been established by the Chabad-Lubavitch movement which has sent rabbis to create those communities. The communities serve the religious and social needs of Jewish business people who have immigrated or visiting India, and Jewish backpackers touring India. The largest centre is the Nariman House in Mumbai.
There are currently 33 synagogues in India , although many no longer function as such and today vary in their levels of preservation. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Diplomatic relations between the Republic of India and the State of Israel.
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