Politicians may want to build walls but universities need to build bridges, said Shashi Tharoor, member of parliament and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on external affair, while inaugurating an initiative by the Jindal Centre for Israel Studies (JCIS). Tharoor also pointed that the policies to strengthen the relationship between India and Israel will be shaped by the initiatives taken by academic institutions.
"The relationship between the two countries should not be seen just in terms of counter terrorism and intelligence sharing. It needs to have public involvement and a much larger manifestation," he said. "Tourism and trade between the two countries should be encouraged and incentivized. Academic exchange and collaborations should be strengthened."
Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India, said, "India and Israel need to know more about each other in terms of heritage, culture, values, and interests. Security, food security, education, innovation, and water are some of the concerns that need to be addressed. Endeavours by academic institutes like the Jindal Centre for Israel Studies will certainly go a long way in deepening and widening this relationship. Young minds, guided by experienced minds, will strengthen academic excellence and build greater awareness of our commonalities and the lessons we can learn from one another."