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India-Israel to Discuss ISIS, Border Issues But No Equipment Purchase During Netanyahu Visit

Terrorism with special focus on ISIS, border fencing and cyber security will be brought to the table when India's security establishment meets the Israeli delegation accompanying Netanyahu on the 5-day visit starting Sunday.

Arunima | CNN-News18Arunima24

Updated:January 13, 2018, 9:43 AM IST
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India-Israel to Discuss ISIS, Border Issues But No Equipment Purchase During Netanyahu Visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu near Tel Aviv, Israel during Modi's visit last year. (Reuters)
New Delhi: With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu all set to visit India on Sunday, the Ministry of Home Affairs plans to exchange some notes on tackling ISIS and terrorism. However, the government is not planning to procure any equipment or technology from the ally and have not drawn up a shopping list.

Terrorism with special focus on ISIS, border fencing and cyber security will be brought to the table when India's security establishment meets the Israeli delegation accompanying Netanyahu on the 5-day visit starting Sunday.

“ISIS is operative in Israel's neighbourhood and a lot of Indians have reportedly with ISIS. It's an issue of mutual concern and will be taken up for discussion,” an MHA official said.

The fenced India-Pakistan international border and the problems of infiltration, drug trafficking etc that India face is also likely to be discussed. Ministry officials said that the technology and patrolling methods that Israel employs on its border with Palestine is also something that India wants to learn from.

However, there is no equipment procurement or technology exchange is on the agenda as according to sources, some Israeli equipment have failed twice in the past.

“A stink gun was tested as a replacement for the pellet guns in Kashmir, but it failed during the trials,” an officer said. The Israelis use stink guns as a non-lethal device meant for crowd control.

Officials told News18 that the stink gun, when fired, emits a continuous stench for 4-5 days and is as strong as that of a corpse. But when the trial for the gun was done at NSG's Manesar unit, it did not affect the personnel at all. “Ultimately, PAWA shells were chosen as an alternative to pellets as repeated trials of the stink guns could not give desired results,” an official told CNN-News18.

Again, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Israel, intended to be used in the Naxal zone, also did not give the desired results. “The UAV was a success in Israel but for some unexplained reasons it failed to work in Chhatisgarh. May be the moisture in the air affects the equipment,” the officer said.
| Edited by: Sanchari Chatterjee
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