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.