Terror cells active in India, warns Israel

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 18:24

Jerusalem: Terror cells are "active" in
India, a senior Israeli minister has said, underlining that
the recent attack on a diplomat in New Delhi should spur the
two nations to step up counter-terrorism cooperation.

"The incident (attack on an Israeli diplomat in Delhi
on Monday) makes it clear that there are terrorist cells in
India. They have targeted recently us but in the past they
have also targeted Indian citizens and others.

What one can see here is a growing joint interest of
India and Israel, who are both exposed to terror threats",
Israel`s Minister for Energy and Water Resources, Uzi Landau,
said, ahead of his three day trip to India next week. Landau
had earlier, served as Public Security minister.

Landau`s comment came as the Israeli Foreign Ministry
said, it had stepped up security for its diplomats posted
overseas.

Ministry`s spokesman said, that Tel Aviv is taking
"whatever measures are required" to allow the diplomats to
function.

He declined to outline the steps, but the media reported
that Israeli diplomats in some countries had been ordered to
work out of their homes and avoid travel to the local embassy.

The Israeli cabinet minister`s visit will come days after
the terror attack in the Indian capital in which for the first
time the magnetic bombs were used. His tour to India will
follow, a visit of a high level Israeli security team.

India and Israel have a continuing dialogue and sharing
of information on terrorism. Tel Aviv has recently emerged as
one of the major suppliers of counter-terrorism weaponry to
New Delhi.

The minister described terrorism as an "existential
challenge" for both India and Israel and said, the two
countries had shared inputs on incidents like Delhi and Mumbai
attack of 2008.

Such terror strikes, Landau asserted is not going to in
any way deter cooperation between the two countries, but will
only make engagement more vigorous.

"We have many joint interests economic, political,
cultural, and we are also exposed to mutual threats, so the
cooperation between India and Israel in all probability will
continue, and so vigorously", he said.

"What happened in Delhi a few days ago will only
step up Israel`s engagement with India to further enhance our
relationship in all possible fields and at the same time we
will continue to intercept those terrorists wherever they are
with the cooperation of security services all over the world",
said the Israeli minister.

Terrorism is not something new to India or Israel
and the two countries are "developing our lives as
democracies, our economy, under threats of increasing
terrorism".

"This is now the challenge, an existential challenge,
for all those who belong to the civilization of democracy and
rule of law", he stressed.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 18:19

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