India supplying Israel drones, artillery as Netanyahu continues Gaza genocide

08:00 PM | 23 Jun, 2024
India supplying Israel drones, artillery as Netanyahu continues Gaza genocide
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Since the onset of the conflict in Gaza, India has supplied Israel with artillery shells, light weapons and drones.

In February this year, Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Indian media first disclosed India was providing Israel with advanced "Hermes 900" drones manufactured in Hyderabad. The factory in Hyderabad, established by Israel to supply these drones to the Indian military, redirected 20 drones to the Israeli military to address a shortage caused by the conflict.

This factory is a joint venture between Israeli defense company Elbit Systems and a consortium led by Indian billionaire Gautam Adani. It is the first facility worldwide to produce these drones outside Israel. The report suggested that this significant decision likely had the approval of senior Indian officials, considering Israel's role as a major arms supplier to India.

The report added that India’s provision of artillery shells and other weapons since the conflict began highlights the strategic partnership between the two nations, which has proven highly beneficial for Israel.

Former Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon emphasized the historical context of this cooperation, recalling how Israel supported India during the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan by providing crucial military supplies, a gesture that the Indian government has not forgotten.

Yedioth Ahronoth noted that the Gaza conflict has tested the relationship between India and Israel, a test in which many allies faltered. On October 7, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed unequivocal support for Israel and condemnation of terrorism. This stance set the tone for India's strong backing of Israel in the initial months of the conflict.

However, as India entered its election season at the start of the month, its stance shifted slightly, influenced by its significant Muslim population, which constitutes around 15% of its citizens. Despite this, the Indian government maintained its general support for Israel while incorporating two additional elements into its official statements: support for a two-state solution, consistent with India's long-standing policy, and calls for increased humanitarian aid to Gaza, including its own supply shipments.

While Indian government officials have refrained from making negative statements about Israel, the opposition has been vocal in its criticism. Protests against Israel have occurred across India, particularly in Kerala, where Communist Party leader and state governor Pinarayi Vijayan has taken a strong stance against Israel, even participating in a protest in Delhi. High-ranking Hamas official Khaled Mashal has also participated in these protests.

Behind the scenes, India has moderated or blocked anti-Israel resolutions in international forums such as the Non-Aligned Movement and BRICS, which includes Russia, China, Brazil, and South Africa—all of which oppose Israel. However, with the ongoing conflict and rising anti-Israel sentiment, India has recognized the diplomatic cost it is incurring.

Recently, India did not block a resolution against Israel in the Non-Aligned Movement due to a lack of sufficient support from other nations. At this juncture, Indian officials declared a need to balance their national interests. Israel did not protest, understanding the sensitive situation. Public sentiment in India towards Israel remains mixed, with social media reflecting both support and opposition, occasional pro-Israel rallies, and Indian media publishing both critical and supportive articles.

In March, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited Israel to discuss regional developments with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, marking the only visit by a senior Indian official to Israel since the conflict began, despite Israel’s desire for a more significant solidarity visit.

In May, Spanish authorities prevented the docking of the "Marian Danica" ship in Cartagena, which was en route to Israel from Chennai, India, carrying 27 tons of ammunition for the Israeli military.

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65


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