Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit Israel next month in the first ever state visit of any Indian prime minister to Israel. His three day visit which the Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon has described as of “unprecedented importance” will begin on July 4.

The Embassy of Israel in India has also tweeted a video where Israelis are welcoming Narendra Modi to Israel in Hindi.

An External Affairs Ministry release said India and Israel are commemorating 25 years of diplomatic relations this year and the PM visit on this occasion will provide an impetus for deeper bilateral engagements further.

India and Israel had established full diplomatic relations in 1992 after 45 years of indecision fuelled by its principled stand on solidarity with the Palestinian cause, foundation of which was laid by stand taken by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Though India had formally recognized Israel way back in September 1950, the diplomatic ties could not go beyond an Israeli consulate for the next four decades as India’s non-aligned policy on accepting Israel’s Palestinian geography only if Palestine agreed to it and its reliance on Muslim Gulf countries for its energy needs did not allow it.

And full diplomatic relations with Israel, indeed, were established with the Palestinian leadership on board, in this case Yasser Arafat, who was in India in January 1992 when he had said that it was India’s sovereign right if it establishes full diplomatic ties with Israel and he would respect any such decision.



North Korea has declared to mount war scale efforts to punish former South Korean president Park Geun-hye for hatching a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the North Korean supreme leader.

According to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea has declared that “at home and abroad that it will impose death penalty on traitor Park Geun Hye and ex-Director of the puppet Intelligence Service Ri Pyong Ho and their groups, criminals of hideous state-sponsored terrorism who hatched and pressed for the heinous plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK.”

The KCNA release cited by KCNA Watch, which claims to be a ‘user-friendly interface for viewing NK media’ writes that all these men can never make any appeal against the sentence given to them and they will meet “miserable dog’s death any time, at any place and by whatever methods from this moment.”

North Korea has also asked South Korea to handover Park, Ri Pyong Ho and others citing international convention though the country itself is subject to numerous global sanctions for violating international conventions, crushing human rights and pursuing nuclear weapons.

Park Geun-hye was fired from the presidency in March after the country’s supreme court upheld her December 2016 impeachment and is currently in jail undergoing trial for leaking state secrets, abusing state power and various other corruption allegations including bribery.

The joint statement released by various North Korean ministries has called the plot hideous state-sponsored terrorism and has warned that “North Korea will impose summary punishment without advance notice on those who organized, took part in or pursued the plot, under wartime law.”

According to the release, the South Korean intelligence, in collusion with the CIA, sent a group in North Korea to eliminate Kim Jong-un using bio-chemical weapons or disguising it as car or train accident and the whole plot was pushed forward by Park Geun-hye but the plot failed after the group was detected and was ultimately scrapped with Park’s impeachment.

North Korea had levelled similar allegations against South Korea and the US even the last month and the release ends with the routine North Korean line that it will inflict an apocalypse sort of punitive measure against its enemies, “should the U.S. and the south Korean authorities defy this warning and challenge our resolute measure, they will be made to pay a dear price in an irresistible physical way.”