Vastavam web: “Wake up: the most important PM of the world is coming”, is how Prime Minister 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.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.Most of the local commentators have emphasised on Modi “skipping Ramallah” and it being a standalone visit focussing only on India’s ties with Israel.
“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.India related activities in Israel have also attracted far more attention in view of Modi’s visit than ever before.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”.”This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries,” he added.
Modi’s three day visit starting July 4 is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.The Indian prime minister is scheduled to have dinner with Netanyahu following his arrival to Israel on July 4.He would be meeting the Israeli Premier again for discussions the following day. Netanyahu and Modi 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.The defence ties between India and Israel have often drawn worldwide attention and acquired strategic dimensions. Prime Minister Modi’s visit has been preceded by several other high-profile visits, including the trip of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, several senior secretaries, Minister of State for Agriculture S S Ahluwalia-led 11 member multi-party parliamentary delegation and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s five-day visit earlier this month.