Netanyahu era ends: What will be the impact on India-Israel relationship?

 19 Sep 2019 ( IBTN Bureau )

There has been a lot of discussion about the personal chemistry of Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel. Netanyahu admired something for his sake that he was seen only in Israel for the US President and the Pope.

In fact, this reception was more than even the US President and Pope because Netanyahu remained with Shadow for three whole days.

A picture of the two leaders went viral on social media in which they are entering the sea barefoot. This picture was followed by a discussion of bromance in Israel.

In fact, a central point of Netanyahu's promotion was his personal identification with the main leaders on a global scale. He tried to show to his voters that there is no other leader in Israel of his stature and that it is very important for Israel to remain in office for the safety and prosperity of Israel.

His party put up three big banners on his head office with pictures of him shaking hands with US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Modi. These pictures were written in bold with the words "Netanyahu, in a different league".

Trump and Putin also openly helped Netanyahu, especially before the April 9 elections. Netanyahu also planned to visit India twice to showcase his international stature but had to be canceled both times for some reason.

This invitation to visit India was at the initiative of Netanyahu and experts say that there was no specific justification for the visit. There is a deep bond between the two countries and at this time there was no such special case that made Netanyahu to go to India.

India is the largest buyer of Israeli weapons. Deep cooperation has been seen in many areas between the two countries. It has also been worn as a strategic partnership during Modi's visit.

In such a situation, the question arises whether these forms of India-Israel relations are due to the relationship between Modi-Netanyahu. It is true that there are good relations between these two leaders but the relationship between India and Israel is in view of mutual need and national interest.

India was able to cooperate with Israel in all areas even during the Congress-led government and was the largest buyer of arms.

But it is absolutely true that whenever the government is formed in Delhi under the leadership of BJP, then relations between India and Israel remain in the headlines.

By the way, the relations between the two countries are institutional and the change of governments does not make much difference. The discussion becomes a little more or less necessary, but its fundamental impact on policy decisions is not visible.


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