India-Israel: Namaste-Shalom

It’ll be a historic moment when PM Modi lands in Israel on 4th of July, the day when US got its independence, India will also show a sign of a new freedom without any compulsion to visit Palestine. This new boldness can be seen under Modi’s leadership, he isn’t afraid to take tough decisions. India historically had sided with Palestinian cause. It was unimaginable 3 years back that an Indian Prime-Minister will visit Israel in the first place let alone skipping Palestine. That would have been an unpardonable crime in Indian politics. India has embraced this friendship after establishing diplomatic relations ever so carefully in the past.  It was done in so-called national Indian interest when a more idealistic vision of the world assumed that the Palestinians simply had to be the victimized and that saying otherwise would fail appease Muslim population of 172 million in India. This no longer is a compulsion as ruling party BJP, a Hindu Nationalist Right-wing party is not interested in Muslim votes unlike previous governments in India.

India will be committing a mistake, not to take this golden opportunity this time as Arabs are very least interested right now in freedom of Palestine, they have allied with Israel due to Iran-KSA drift in middle-east and Iran seems to be a “Untrustworthy Friend” of India. The supreme leader of Iran called India “Tyrant” and called for Jihad in Jammu & Kashmir, an Indian state. It didn’t go well with Indians, as India supported Iran & continued buying Oil from Iran even under US sanction, ignoring US pressure. Many experts in India termed India-Iran relationship a one-sided love affair.

As Modi’s agenda to bring the consensus that “Terrorism is Evil” so that India will be able to justify any future military action on Pakistan, which is exactly a copy of Palestine in the sense, they both use terrorism as their state policy for their political agenda. Palestine & Pakistan are like brothers that use evil forces of Jihad against India & Israel, resulting in death of innocent civilians that have nothing to do with politics of the nation. PM Modi speaks on menace of terrorism wherever he goes, but it’ll be hypocrisy if India supports Iran & Palestine, as they spread terrorism in Israel and have vowed to destroy the Jewish state.

Israel is also looking for a reliable strategic partner in case American government fails to deliver when the time comes and India can become one in future that Jews can rely on. India & Israel have a long relationship that goes beyond centuries & Hindu majority India was the only safe heaven with no instance of Antisemitism. India is one of the top most buyer of Israeli defence equipment. India will be signing major MOU’s with Israel during the visit of PM Modi.

PM Modi is expected to meet Moshe, the 11-year-old survivor of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. One of the sites that came under attack was the Mumbai Chabad house, perpetrated by  Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic militant organisation based in Pakistan, killing 164 people in all. Then-toddler Moshe, who was two years old at the time, was rescued by his Indian babysitter who risked her life to save him. He has since moved to Israel, where he lives with his maternal grandparents.

The defence ties between India and Israel have often drawn worldwide attention. It is believed that PM Modi’s visit will further solidify security ties as Israeli defence industries have shown greater inclination towards participating in joint ventures to give a boost ‘Make in India’ campaign. India is on buying streak of defence equipment due to growing needs of Indian armed forces for counter-terrorism and to check China’s aggressive posture towards India. Modi is expected to sign several billion dollar agreement during this historic visit starting off on 4th of July.  There has been much excitement in both countries for this historic visit by first Indian Prime Minister.

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