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From Namaste-Shalom to creating a historic visit in Israel

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  • July 4, 2017
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Sometimes, a journey’s halfway point becomes more important than its final destination. Where an intended (or unintended) halt may end up becoming the most memorable echo from history for generations to come; when all is said and done. 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.

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. Anticipation is high ahead of the visit, and a lot has been said and written about the historic event for both the countries. But the real excitement (for three days) will begin with the exchange of ‘Shalom-Namaste’ this evening. And it’s almost time to mark the date even if you aren’t interested in contemporary history or international relations.

Israel has always looked up to and counted on India to show support on various international issues, particularly those involving the Arab countries. Up until recently, India’s policy of balancing between the Arabs and Israel was perceived as cold shoulder by the leadership of the Jewish state. Things started to change in 1992 when the Narasimha Rao-led Congress government initiated diplomatic relations with Israel and the two states exchanged envoys. When we talk about India and Israel, there’s obvious technology, defence, education, culture, free market and more on the table.

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.

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 agreements 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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