India Concerned As Iran Attacks Israel

Todd Moses
April 15, 2024

India is seriously concerned about the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran that threatens peace and security in the West Asia region.

Inputs that matter: While the attack on Israel occurred, independent journalist Benny Johnson tweeted, "The Israeli Government's "Doomsday plane" has taken off and is the only plane leaving Israel... This is very bad."

  • U.S. President Joe Biden released an official statement disclosing that the U.S. played a role in destroying most of the incoming drones and missiles fired at Israel.
  • While Israel is contemplating retaliation, Alzajeera reports, "Iran says it assaulted in response to an Israeli raid on the Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1 and says the matter can now be deemed concluded."

The opportunity: India is a member of the BRICS+ group with Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the U.A.E. but has close ties with the U.S. and other G7 countries.

  • According to the New York Times, Iran launched some 185 drones, 110 surface-to-surface missiles, and 36 cruise missiles at Israel.
  • U.S. President Biden says missiles came from Syria, as well as Yemen and Iraq.
  • He concluded, "Tomorrow, I will convene my fellow G7 leaders to coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran's brazen attack."

Zoom in: NPR reports, "G7 leaders are meeting on Sunday afternoon to coordinate on a diplomatic response to Iran's attack and engage with officials across the Middle East."

  • "The U.N. Security Council is also set to meet after Israel requested the council condemn Iran's attack and designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a terrorist organization."

Between the lines: The acronym BRIC was coined in 2001 by then Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O'Neill in a research paper that underlined the growth potential of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

  • BRICS recently added Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the U.A.E., with plans to include more countries in the coming year.

Follow the money: The Atlantic Council reports, "The United States and India collaborate across a half-dozen bilateral and regional groupings, including the Trade Policy Forum (T.P.F.), the Commercial Dialogue and C.E.O. Forum, the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology, the 2+2 Strategic Dialogue, and the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, known as the Quad."

  • According to The U.S. Department of State, "The United States and India have established a strong defense industrial cooperation," despite India's economic alliance with Russia and China.

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