- American lawmakers cutting across party lines passed legislation on Tuesday aimed in part at strengthening intelligence and security ties between India, Israel, and the US, ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel a few weeks from now.
- Seven Congressmen representing both Democrats and Republicans attached a bipartisan amendment to the FY2016 Intelligence Authorization Act calling for expansion of US-India-Israel national security.
- The amendment, which was passed by a voice vote, requires a twice-yearly report from the Director of National Intelligence on the possibilities for growing national security cooperation between the US, India, and Israel.
- While the US already has robust national security partnerships with both India and Israel, there are many areas where opportunities exist to develop and further grow these critical relationships.
- The move, an overt expression of what has largely been under the radar so far, was clearly linked to the Modi’s upcoming visit to Israel, something the lawmakers did not make a secret of.
- With PM Modi’s upcoming visit to Israel — a first for an Indian PM — the opportunity should be seized to expand trilateral cooperation even further.
- The measure would make sure lawmakers intelligence community is taking a hard look at areas of potential collaboration so that they can continue to build on this important partnership.
Source :Defence News