RAW and Mossad
It was 1950s when India allowed Israel to make a Consulate in Mumbai. There was no diplomatic Relationship because India supported Palestinian Cause.
R.N Kao, the legendary spy master who was founder of RAW, India’s Foreign Intelligence took on his shoulders developing silent diplomacy with Mossad. As a recent novel revealed that Special Arms from Tel Aviv were supplied to Mukti Bahani. Israel,indeed helped India in 1971 war.
During 1971 ,Pakistan’s Foreign Minister visited North Korea which was threat to India. Israel had a fear that Pakistani Army officers are training Libyans and Iranians in handling Korean and Chinese Weapons.
Now, a mistake done in India is harmful to our agents anywhere in the world. Grave mistake happened when Morarji Desai then PM in 1977 called Zia Ul Haq, Pakistani Military Dictator and told him “General , I know what you are upto in Kahuta. RAW has given me all the details. And Pakistan wanted to keep Kahuta ,their Nuclear Capability a secret. In a hurry, Zia Ul Haq checked all his network and our RAW agents lost their lives.
In 1967, at Nepal Gen Moshe Dayan, the Warrior of Israel in Israeli-Arab war visited Nepal and he was expected to Indian Representatives. Islamabad feared this meeting was some joint Operation by RAW and Mossad to destroy their Kahuta dream.
Israel bombed the Iraq’s Nuclear Reactor in 1981, Islamabad too had same worries. Hence, in 1981, ISI planted surface to air missilies in Kahuta, they thought that Israel and India will strike anytime soon.
On the other hand , Israel is confidant of US felt nothing for Kahuta,as they feared Iraq and other Arab countries’ Nuclear programs.
In early 1990s, Israeli students starting visiting Kashmir, ISI feared that they were from Israeli Defence Forces who came to counter terrorists in Kashmir. Pakistan in desperation, did a terrorist attack and one Israeli was killed and one was kidnapped. The killing of Israeli by terrorists shook Israel and Jews living in USA.
This led to embassy level relations between India and Israel in 1992. Everyone was startled when Israeli Ambassador Mark Sofer said in an interview that Israel helped India in turning around the situation in Kargil War. Israel helped Indian Army by providing the much needed imagery of Pakistani army positions. ‘We do have a defence relationship with India, which is no secret. What is secret is what the defence relationship is? And with all due respect, the secret part will remain secret.” said Mark Sofer in an interview to Outlook Magazine.
Israel is the second biggest seller of weapons to India after big brother Russia.