Modi heads to Israel, lifting the curtain on close ties - EasternEye

Modi heads to Israel, lifting the curtain on close ties


Narendra Modi is making a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister next week, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm’s length. India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line in the region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran – upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil – and its large Muslim minority. It has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, even as it quietly pursuedties with Israel. But now Modi is lifting the curtain on a thriving military relationship. He will hold three…

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