| Indian PM “snubs” Palestinian leaders; pledges to fight jihad together with Israel
| Friday, July 07, 2017
|Jihad Watch : The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has now become the first
Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, and he won’t be meeting with
Palestinian leaders, causing upset among them.
The Coordinator of the National and Islamic Forces, Essam Abu Baker stated that
“we in the Palestinian revolution and the PLO are keen on building
special ties with India….this apparent shift in India’s position is huge
and dangerous. We call on the Indian government to revise its
policies.” Palestinian Deputy Foreign Minister Tasir Jaradat said that
Modi should have visited both states “to spread the message of peace.”
Modi, in fact, did signal a message of peace by “snubbing” the
jihadist-ruled region, in which every major organization is governed by
charters that declare their determination to obliterate the Zionist
state of Israel.
According to Haaretz,
“Ben-Gurion himself made personal contact not only with central Indian
political figures to seek their support, but even convinced Albert
Einstein, a reluctant Zionist, to write to Jawaharlal Nehru, soon to be
India’s first prime minister, in the summer of 1947 to push for a
sympathetic hearing for Zionism.” Yet since then, India’s relationship
with Israel has been elusive.
Modi’s visit has now shifted the tide. India and Israel have pledged
to combat terrorism, and this so-called “snub” of Palestinian leaders by
Modi represents an honest first step. Modi and Netanyahu “referred to
the suffering of both countries from terror.”“India and Israel pledge to combat terrorism”, BBC News, July 5, 2017:
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli
counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have signed agreements, including on
agriculture and space. The two leaders, who made a joint statement in Jerusalem, also referred to the “suffering” of both countries from terror. Mr Modi said they would work together to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism, including in cyberspace.
He is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.
The visit is seen by some as a turning point in India’s position on
Israel. The two countries established diplomatic relations only 25 years
ago. Observers note he will not travel to Ramallah or meet Palestinian leaders, as visiting dignitaries often do. Both leaders made several references to terrorism, and talked about
the “challenge” of dealing with forces that sought to undermine their
countries, as well as “strategic threats to regional peace and
Mr Modi also met an Israeli boy, Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were
killed when gunmen stormed a Jewish centre in Mumbai during a 2008
terror attack. Moshe Holtzberg was saved by his Indian nanny, Sandra Samuel, who was
treated as a heroine in Israel where she settled with the boy after the
attack. Six Jewish people were killed at the centre, which was one of several places targeted in the attacks. Apart from bilateral deals, Mr Netanyahu said that the two countries
had recognised their roles in contributing to global stability, and had
agreed to also fund development work in African countries.
Later on Wednesday Mr Modi was to address a gathering of Jewish
people of Indian origin living in Israel and would be joined by Mr
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