New Delhi/Tel Aviv: सिर्फ़ News reproduces excerpts (unedited) from the coverage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the nation of Jews by the Israeli media. Out of the following quotes, the one from The Marker, a business daily in Israel, is translated from Hebrew. It has been writing on the impending Modi visit for a month now.
The Israeli media has given a lot of attention to Modi’s visit. The Jerusalem Post has created a separate slug, “Modi’s Visit”. India related stories have been placed under the link.
Excerpts from Israeli media (print and web)
The Jerusalem Post
With Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government, India’s foreign policy is undergoing historic transformation and much-needed course correction. This is the first time an Indian prime minister is visiting Israel, that too without visiting Palestine in the same trip, which would have been unthinkable during non-BJP regimes. Two Cabinet ministers have already set the tone by excluding Palestine from their visit to Israel. This de-hyphenation of India’s relations with Israel is widely welcomed in India by all except the Communists and Islamists.
Prime Minister Modi’s July 4-6 visit comes even as he carries out a delicate balancing act in West Asia by simultaneously improving relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Iran and Israel. India remains one of the handful of major nations who have excellent ties with these countries. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed ‘my friend Narendra Modi’s’ upcoming visit’ as ‘historic’. “In the 70 years of this country’s existence no India Prime Minister has visited and this is a further expression of the State of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength.”
Modi’s historic visit is a good opportunity for Israel to understand where it now stands and what it must do to maintain and expand its current success into the future. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel this week marks more than the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations. It marks as well Israel’s coming of age as a nation.
The Times of Israel
Modi’s three-day visit beginning Tuesday — the first ever of an Indian premier to Israel — is a landmark moment for the Jewish state, a country seeking the friendship of powerful allies and customers for its advanced military equipment.
But for members of the small Jewish Indian community in Israel, the trip is a cause of genuine excitement and a unique opportunity to increase their visibility.
“There’s not a single (Indian) household that’s not talking about it. This is all people are talking about,” said Elazar Ashtivker, owner of the Maharaja restaurant in the city of Ramla, south of Tel Aviv.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to arrive at Ben-Gurion International Airport at 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday for his highly anticipated historic three-day visit to Israel.
Modi’s visit is the first by an Indian leader since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in the 1990s.
A Hindu nationalist, conservative and believer in free markets, he enjoys unprecedented popularity at home, and many say he is all but destined to be reelected in 2019.
On the eve of his visit, Modi voiced support for the two-state solution, saying that “a final agreement must recognize the feelings and demands of all sides involved.
- The key to finding the solution to this issue in in the hands of the parties.
- India supports all efforts to find an agreed upon solution to all issues including Jerusalem.”
Ahead of his historic visit to Israel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tells Israel Hayom that the two countries are ready to “take the relationship to a new level”.
Israel “braved many odds” and has “amazing accomplishments,” Modi says.
It is not every day that one meets a PM representing 1.2 billion people, one considered a superstar at home and abroad.
Maybe that is why the meeting with Indian PM Modi felt so special.
Modi is a different kind of leader. With sky-high popularity among Indians.
He has tried to move India forward and make it a global leader.
For him, the path to achieving those goals passes through Israel.
Indian Prime Minister Modi is visiting Israel next month. This is the first official visit of an Indian prime minister to 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.
And the above is only a fraction of all the encomia the Israeli media has showered upon the Indian prime minister.