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After years of reluctance, India has forced Pakistan to establish relations with Israel

Hostility between Israel and Pakistan until now

Israel and Pakistan have had virtually no official relations between each other since their establishment as the two states until now, do not have diplomatic relations with each other. The Pakistani passport reads: “This passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel”. Interestingly, an attempt to establish diplomatic relations with Pakistan was made by Israel’s first premier David Ben-Gurion, who had sent a telegram to Quaid-i-Azam, but the latter gave no particular response. Since then, for the rest of the century ties remained non-existent, however, in 2011 a controversy appeared, where according to the “Press Trust of India”, Israel was alleged to have exported British military technology to Pakistan. There is little evidence to support this however. In 2017, during an official visit to India, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had dismissed suggestions that his country’s partnership with India was a threat to Pakistan. A Pakistani newspaper had quoted him as saying: “We (Israel) are not enemies of Pakistan and Pakistan should not be our enemy either”. However once again Pakistan did not engage. The upcoming warming of relations between the two nations will therefore act as a surprise to many and will make big waves in the region and worldwide.

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