chapter  8
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Israel and Pakistan: Public Rhetoric versus Political Pragmatism

The influence of Islam in shaping a country's policy towards Israel is most visibly manifested in the case of Pakistan. At one level, as an ideological state conceived as a homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent, religion plays a paramount role in Pakistan and as an Islamic state Pakistan sees the Arab Middle East as its natural ally.3 On another level, its disputes with Indii!_ over Kashmir have made Pakistan dependent on the support of Arab and Islamic countries, which in turn militates against positive ties with Israel. As a result, over the years, Pakistan has been at the forefront of numerous anti-Israeli measures at the United Nations and other international forums such as the Non-alignment Movement and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).