Pune 28 June 2017 (PCP NEWS) : “Wake up, the most important Prime Minister of the world is coming”, is how Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Israel, the first by an Indian premier, is described in an article in one of the leading Israeli business daily.The Jerusalem Post has created a separate link, “Modi’s Visit”, where it has put up stories related to India.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed his Indian counterpart’s visit to Israel last Sunday during his opening remarks at the weekly cabinet meeting as a “very significant step”+ in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a “constant upswing”. “Next week, the Indian Prime Minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel. This is a historic visit to Israel. In the 70 years of the country’s existence, no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength,” Netanyahu stressed. “This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries,” he added.
“Unlike most world leaders, however, Modi, who governs the world’s largest democracy and second largest nation, apparently is refusing to visit Ramallah during his Israel trip, and will not schedule meetings with Palestinian Authority+ (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas or other PA leaders”, Arutz Sheva said in a report.
Other local newspapers and news portals have also given a lot of attention to the much-publicised three-day trip of Modi with The Jerusalem Post even creating a separate link, “Modi’s Visit”, where it has put up stories related to India. Most of the local commentators have emphasized on Modi “skipping Ramallah” and it being a standalone visit focusing only on India’s ties with Israel. India is a huge country with over 1.25 billion people and is one of the world’s largest, growing economies. Ties between Israel and India are on a “constant upswing”, the Israeli Premier said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 3-day visit starting July 4 is aimed at commemorating 25 years of diplomatic ties between India and Israel. Business daily ‘The Marker’ in a feature story in its Hebrew edition discussing Indo-Israel ties says that Israelis had set up huge expectations from US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Jewish state but “he didn’t say much” while Modi, a leader of 1.25 billion people enjoying massive popularity and representing one of the fastest growing economies of the world deserves a lot of attention.
It is believed that Modi’s visit would further solidify security ties as Israeli defence industries have shown greater inclination towards participating in joint ventures to give a boost to NDA government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. Around 4,000 people of Indian-origin would be attending an address by Modi in the evening of July 5 in Tel Aviv. The Israeli cabinet on Sunday approved major decisions to deepen Indo-Israel ties. PCP/DJ 03 30