- India’s relations with Israel should not come at the “expense of ties” with Palestine in respect to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel.
- India is trying to manage its own balance in the region, and making a separation between these ties as well.
Visit to Tel Aviv
- From July 4th, Mr. Modi will be travelling to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
- Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel.
- Unlike President Mukherjee, and three External Affairs Ministers Jaswant Singh (2000), S.M. Krishna (2012) and Sushma Swaraj (2016), Mr. Modi will not pay a visit to the Palestinian side.
- Instead, the government had hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Delhi in May this year.
- President Mahmoud signed several agreements on development assistance, and backing Palestine’s claim to a “two-state solution” in Delhi during his visit.