Israelis in India comprises immigrants and expatriates from Israel as well as Indians of Israeli descent. Many of them reside in the Indian state of Goa. According to Israeli and Indian officials, between 50,000-60,000 young Israelis have either permanently moved or established long-term residence in India.
Immigration from Israel to India began in 1994 as Israelis who were freshly decommissioned from the Israel Defense Forces retreated to India to unwind from their obligatory two-to-three years of military service. This great post-military escape to India has turned into a new-age diaspora of young and embittered men and women looking to flee what they say is their country's armed turmoil with the Palestinians and the "spiritual emptiness" of Judaism.
Anjuna is now home to a small Israeli community mainly immigrants who settled there and started businesses such as restaurants and boutiques. Many of them said they have no intention of returning to Israel. These Goa residents are just a few among the many Israelis who have emigrated since the founding of Israel in 1948 and they have greatly assimilated in the local culture. The Indian-born children of these Israeli immigrants are known as Goan Israelis and many of them have picked up local languages such as Konkani and Hindi along with their mother-tongue Hebrew.