If anyone wondering who is the real friend of India, the first name will come up from the mouth is “Israel”. No, any country helped India more than Israel did. The two friends always come for each when in need. The two countries have an extensive economic, military, and strategic relationship.But, it’s not limited to just these.The two countries spy agencies RAW and MOSSAD work together from 1992.Even now, Pakistan is worried about this collaboration of two fearest and greatest spy agency in the world. The relation between the two agencies has become even deeper that the SPG(special protection group) which guards the prime minister had a ring of Mossad agents to guard the India PM Narendra Modi on his visit to Turkey which took place just after the Paris massacre.Ever wonder how this collaboration of the two greatest agency started.Here is some information you should know about the two agencies.
The Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW or RAW) is the primary foreign intelligence agency of India. It was founded in 1968 right after the India-China war. Before the RAW formed, Intelligence Bureau was the only one who handled both the internal and external intelligence gathering. So, there was a need to form a different agency for foreign affairs. So, in 1968 PM Indira Gandhi made R.N. Kao as a first Chief of RAW to lead the intelligence agency.
After the formation of RAW, in 1975 it played a major role in the independence of Bangladesh and the accession of the state of Sikkim to India.The RAW is responsible for gathering foreign intelligence, engaging in counter-terrorism, promoting counter-proliferation. RAW is now one of the best spy agency in the world. RAW even fooled CIA many times.There is no official budget allocation for intelligent agency.
Headquarter of R&AW is in New Delhi. The head of RAW reports directly to the Prime Minister.
Mossad is Israel’s foreign intelligence agency. Mossad’s primary function is to gathering intelligence, covert operations and counterterrorism.Israel’s intelligence agency is exempt from the basic law of Israel. Just like RAW, the activities of Mossad is kept secrete.Its director reports directly to the Prime Minister. Its counter-terrorist unit is known as Kidon.
How and When RAW & MOSSAD started to work together:
In 1968, after the formation of the Research and Analysis Wing with Rameshwar Nath Kao, prime minister Indira Gandhi asked him to start to collaborate with Israel’s Mossad. She believed relations between the two intelligence agencies was necessary to monitor developments that could threaten India and Israel.
As R.N.Kao was an efficient spymaster, he established a clandestine relationship with Mossad. In the 1950s, New Delhi had permitted Tel Aviv to establish a consulate in Mumbai. But full-fledged diplomatic relations with Israel were discouraged because India supported the Palestinian cause; having an Israeli embassy in New Delhi, various governments believed, would rupture its relations with the Arab world.
The two external intelligence agencies identified the military relationship between Pakistan and China and North Korea, were the major threats to both the nations.
Also, Mossad had found that Pakistani army officers were training Libyans and Iranians to handle Chinese and North Korean military equipment.
In 1977, RAW launched a mission which was to locate & confirm the existence of Pakistan’s secret weapons program. It is said that Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad, also helped RAW in its mission.
Then, in a stunning intelligence operation, RAW agents stole hair samples from the barber shops in Kahuta where the nuclear scientists came to get their hair cut.The RAW agents went into the barber shops and stole samples of hair fallen down after cutting. These samples were analyzed for radiation traces and India found that Kahuta plant was a plutonium refining plant to develop an atomic bomb.India now confirmed that Pakistan was making nuclear weapons.Though Israel wanted to bomb the Kahuta plant but there was a big setback on the Indian side because of the Prime Minister Moraraji Desai.He told Pakistani General Zia Ul Haq about the details of the RAW network in Pakistan & also confirmed that India was aware of the enrichment happening at the Kahuta facility.
Pakistan promptly took all the RAW network down and bargained with the USA to save their asses from an Israel bombing.
So, this is one of the known operations of RAW & Mossad.There are lots of operations were planned and be executed but kept secret.Because RAW & Mossad operations are not disclosed publicly only their HEAD’s and Prime Minister of both countries know. As long as these agencies work together, people of India & Israel need not worry about their country’s security. Long live the friendship of India & Israel!!!
Shishir Kharade is a Digital Marketer from the city of “Preeti-Sangam”- Karad. He has done B.E(Electronics) from K.B.P. College, Satara. Now, he is working as a Digital Marketer, Graphic Designer, Blogger for almost 4 years.