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RSS slams Left for opposing Sharon's visit

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
September 10, 2003 23:41 IST
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The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has slammed the Left parties for dubbing Israel's anti-terrorism policies as a 'dismal failure'.

Ram Madhav, the RSS spokesman, told "The entire world acknowledges that Israel has effectively and ruthlessly countered terror in the Middle East. Since India and Israel are both fighting a proxy war against terrorism, therefore, we should learn a lesson or two from them. We need to have close cooperation with them in this field."

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"Terrorism has now become sophisticated and high-tech. So it is essential that we should also go high-tech and in this matter Israel can help us," he added.

Panchjanya, the mouthpiece of RSS, in its editorial dubbed those advocating friendship with Pakistan as ones responsible for encouraging terrorist activities in India.

It described the visit of Ariel Sharon as an opportunity for India to get closure to Israel and fight terrorism jointly.

'Both India and Israel are facing Muslim terrorism. Israel has faced the threat from Muslim terrorists boldly and effectively and we should appreciate it,' the editorial said.

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Onkar Singh in New Delhi