Friday, June 9, 2017


മോദി ജൂലൈ നാലിന്ഇസ്രായേലിലെത്തും
PM Modi's visit is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. He would be addressing the Indian community in Israel in Tel Aviv with preparations for the event in full swing amid massive enthusiasm with people expected to attend the event from all over the country.In a big fillip to an already robust bilateral relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to land in Israel on July 4 on a three-day visit, the first by an Indian prime minister to the Jewish state.Informed sources in Tel Aviv told news agency PTI that PM Modi would be arriving in Israel on July 4 and is likely to meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the same day in the evening.
The Indian community has launched a website in preparation of the much awaited visit of Prime Minister Modi. About 80,000 Indian Jews belonging to four different communities - Bene Israel, Cochinis, Baghdadis and Bnei Menashe - live in Israel.
The Indian Jewish community in Israel still maintain some of the cultural practices from India and take a lot of pride in their origin often mentioning that India is the only nation in the world where there was no trace of anti-semitism.Prime Minister Modi's ascendance to power in New Delhi generated a lot of euphoria in Israel as he was popular in Jerusalem for maintaining close ties with Tel Aviv during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat. He had also visited Israel in October 2006.One of the things that have been particularly discussed widely in the Israeli media is the "close chemistry" between PM Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Netanyahu often calls PM Modi "my friend" and in a recent tweet said that people of his country were eagerly waiting for his "historic" visit.
The two leaders have already met twice on foreign soil on the sidelines of UN related events and are said to be constantly in touch with each other over the phone."I am happy that often we can talk easily on telephone, we can discuss everything. It has very rarely happened. In your case it has happened," PM Modi told Mr Netanyahu during their meeting on the sidelines of Paris Climate summit in November 2015. The Israeli prime minister had then promptly responded saying, "in your case too".

India's abstention at a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) vote in 2015 on a UN report critical of Israel's offensive in the 2014 Gaza war was described by many in Israel as a sign of a "qualitative leap" in ties which had transformed into a "completely normal relations without any hangups" with many crediting the closeness between the two prime ministers for the "change in heart".New Delhi, however, later clarified that the vote was a "principled" stand in connection to the International Criminal Court that had reference in the resolution and does not mark "any shift in policy".Prime Minister Modi's visit being limited to Israel in the region, skipping Palestine, has been pointed by some analysts as a "major statement", but the Palestinian Authority clearly stated that India has the right to build relations with Israel but it should not come at the "expense" of New Delhi's firm support for the Palestinian cause.
മൂന്നുദിവസത്തെ സന്ദർശനത്തിന്​ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി നരേന്ദ്ര മോദി ജൂലൈ നാലിന്​ ഇസ്രായേലിലെത്തും. ഇസ്രായേൽ സന്ദർശിക്കുന്ന ആദ്യ ഇന്ത്യൻ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രിയാണ്​ നരേന്ദ്ര മോദി. ഇസ്രായേൽ പ്രധാനമന്ത്രി ബെഞ്ചമിൻ ​െനതന്യാഹുവുമായി കൂടിക്കാഴ്​ച നടത്തുന്ന മോദി, തെൽഅവീവിൽ ഇന്ത്യൻ സമൂഹത്തെ അഭിസംബോധനചെയ്യും. 80,000 ഇന്ത്യൻ ജൂതന്മാരാണ്​ ഇസ്രായേലിലുള്ളത്​.ഇരുരാജ്യങ്ങളും തമ്മിലുള്ള നയതന്ത്ര ബന്ധത്തി​​െൻറ 25ാം വാർഷികത്തി​​െൻറ ഭാഗമായാണ്​ മോദി ഇസ്രായേലിലെത്തുന്നത്​.

 Prof. John Kurakar

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