- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Events after the September 11 attacks on the United States have pushed India toward closer military ties with both Israel and NATO-member Turkey in a development that analysts say threatens to alter the military balance in South Asia.
No treaties have been signed, and few specific details of the military intelligence agreements have been made public.
But with the recent tensions between India and Pakistan over the divided territory of Kashmir, the conviction is growing in diplomatic circles that the world is witnessing the emergence of a new triple alliance in Eurasia.
Israel, India and Turkey always have had important interests in common, and Israel and the Turkish military have been cooperating closely for the past five years and more.
The Israeli Air Force uses Turkey's far larger airspace for training.
Israeli special forces also have taken part in Turkey's regular "incursions" into the Kurdish territories of Northern Iraq.
In addition, Israel is seeking American approval to manufacture the joint U.S.-Israeli Arrow 2 anti-missile missile in Turkey.
But the events after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, and the recent mobilization of more than 1 million Indian and Pakistani troops on the border between the two countries, have brought India into the strategic equation.
India keenly wants to join the Arrow 2 consortium, desperate to acquire a missile that could offer some prospect of destroying Pakistan's own missiles.
The Washington Times reported on Monday that Pakistan was constructing missile-launch sites and moving missiles near its border with India.
With tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals soaring after last month's attack on India's Parliament building by Islamic militants based in Kashmir, India likewise has deployed its own missiles for a strike against Pakistan.
This week's visit of Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres to India, the third such meeting in less than a year, offered a visible sign of the new relationships.
The two countries now have an intelligence-sharing agreement that includes Israeli access to the results from India's own new reconnaissance satellite.
Israeli technicians also are helping India upgrade some of its obsolescent military hardware, ranging from the sights and range finders on tank guns to military communications equipment.
Most important of all is the pending agreement for Israel to sell 3 Phalcon Airborne Warning and Command aircraft originally intended for China until the United States vetoed the deal to India in a $1 billion deal.
Believed to be as advanced as or even better than the American AWACS aircraft, the Phalcon would allow the Indian air force to control a series of air battles along the 1400-mile frontier with Pakistan.
Washington asked Israel last week to "maintain a low profile" on the Phalcon sale in light of current tensions in the subcontinent, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported recently.
Israel, India and Turkey are all regional military powers, with highly regarded armed forces in dangerous neighborhoods.

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