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Israel’s Westgate Intelligence ‘Failure’ — A Golden Cupid’s Arrow for Blossoming Israeli-Indian ‘Military Romance’

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Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
October 10, 2013

Speaking of the post-Westgate boon to Israel’s arms industry being likely to extend far beyond the borders of its “forward base” in East Africa, Tablet Magazine has just published an intriguing article on the increasingly intimate Israeli-Indian “military romance,” and “How last month’s attacks in Nairobi, a reminder of the Mumbai siege, may bring them even closer together.” Writes the Bangalore-based Mark Bergen:

For India, the Shabab terrorist attack in Nairobi last month struck a nerve. It was eerily reminiscent of the siege by a militant group from Pakistan in Mumbai, five years ago, in which more than 160 people were killed, including the local Chabad rabbi and his wife. Since then, the Indian government has grown closer to Israel, which was one of the first nations to come to its aid in 2008.

Tel Aviv’s alacrity to help its terror-stricken partner has certainly paid off. As Bergen points out:

Last year, Israel topped the list of arms suppliers to India—just as India officially became the globe’s largest arms importer. And it’s not just missiles and drones: India has increasingly leaned on Tel Aviv for high-tech warfare, scooping up the Phalcon airborne radar and advanced electronic surveillance systems along with equipment to retrofit now-rickety Soviet-era weaponry.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military intelligence website DEBKAfile claims:

In private conversation, Israeli police and intelligence sources admit they fell down badly in Kenya, their failure all the more galling in view of Al Qaeda having targeted a center which houses many Israel-owned and managed businesses. Their most urgent task now is to find out how terrorist spies were able to conduct repeated surveillance excursions in the Westgate mall – and even smuggle in large stocks of ammunition for a long siege – undetected by Israeli security agents and without them sounding the alarm.

Oddly enough, every “failure” involving Israeli “security” only seems to enhance the industry’s bottom line.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @O_Cathail.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

October 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

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