Day before PM Modi visit, Israel backs India on terror from Pakistan

Modi is expected to arrive in Israel — the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister — at 4 pm local time and will be received at the airport by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and senior ministers.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Jerusalem | Updated: July 4, 2017 7:48 am
PM Narendra Modi's Israel visit, Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi in Israel, Modi Israel visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu. (File)

On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “historic” visit to Israel, a senior official from the Israeli foreign ministry said that his country supports India on terrorism emanating from Pakistan “hook, line and sinker”, and is “not asking for a quid pro quo”. “Israel supports India on terrorism emanating out of Pakistan, hook, line and sinker. But we are not asking for a quid pro quo… the horrors coming from Pakistan…the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the rogue operations from Pakistan. We say that India has the right to defend itself, just like Israel has the right to defend itself. I don’t see a difference between LeT and Hamas. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist,” said Mark Sofer, deputy director general in charge of the Asia and Pacific division.

Modi is expected to arrive in Israel — the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister — at 4 pm local time and will be received at the airport by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and senior ministers.

Both the prime ministers are scheduled to hold talks Wednesday. Netanyahu will accompany Modi for most of the two-day visit after hosting a private dinner for the Indian Prime Minister at his official residence Tuesday. Modi is also scheduled to visit a floriculture farm and the Holocaust museum.

Sofer, a former ambassador to India, said the two sides will sign three agreements on space cooperation; launch a joint strategic partnership on water and agriculture; open a new Indian cultural centre in Israel; and, launch a joint CEOs forum.

Speaking about a common concern, Sofer said, “Both countries face the same challenges of terrorism and face the same struggle. No civilised country can defeat terrorism by itself. All like-minded countries, like India and Israel, have to make a concerted effort.”

Asked about counter-terrorism cooperation, Sofer said it would not be the focus of the visit, but will definitely be a part of the discussions. “When countries are faced with similar challenges, then like-minded democratic countries have to come together to fight against those evil challenges,” he said.

Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said the two countries had signed an agreement on homeland security in 2014 and that cooperation was happening on that front.

Israeli officials described Modi’s visit as “historic” and “special”, and said the groundwork was prepared by “seven pre-visits” from different ministries and departments from India. “It is difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the importance of the visit,” said Sofer.

Asked if the Palestinian issue would come up during discussions, Sofer said, “When two leaders meet, all issues are on the table.”

On Modi’s itinerary not including Palestine, unlike those of leaders in the past from India, Sofer said there was “nothing sinister or special” about this. “Israel has de-hyphenated its relationship…and Prime Minister Modi’s visit is a bilateral visit,” he said.

4 pm: Arrival
5 pm: Farm visit
6.30 pm: Holocaust museum
7.30 pm: Dinner with Netanyahu.
(Local time)

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 5, 2017 at 10:01 am
    The visit of PM Modi to Israel on 5 July 2017 has been described as first , historic becoming India's policy shift after independence. This is in line with this Vedic astrology writer's predictions which had said that April to July in 2017 would present certain opportunities and realisation of those opportunities as well of great national significance. These predictions in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February- March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media last year 2016. It is a matter of record that major achievements of national significance in Russia , Germany , US and Israel have come during April to July 2017, bringing this writer's predictions to spot.
    1. A
      Jul 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm
      Israel, the biggest terrorist nation talking about Terrorism . Don't Israelis feel ashamed of occupying poor Palestinian land !
      1. Mohammad Dar
        Jul 5, 2017 at 12:25 am
        no, they are twice the hindu immoral , being hogs of hinduism racism by faith, may look like human being, but hindu beasts of hinduism racism by faith, known as Jews.
      2. B
        Jul 4, 2017 at 4:43 pm
        Modi to bring latest technologies, including how to efficiently skrew brahmin women to bear 10 kids at a time. This would be possible only by Israeli technology.
        1. Sankaran Krishnan
          Jul 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm
          Any genuine Country with sincerity and with the exception of selfish China and its fraud ally Pakistan all other Countries support India for the terror that comes across from the other side of the Border. The spineless Pakistani establishment and its Military are dancing to the tunes of the Militants and Separatists and for the violence that happens at J K it is the Muslim community that got killed and not the Hindus which the brainless s unable to understand and indulge ion such wrongful acts against their own community !!!
          1. J
            Jul 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm
            I cannot understand why The Indian Express allows people like Mohammed Dar ( obviously a P.a.k.i.s.t.a.n.i ) to make rude comments on this forum. He is obviously misinformed about the tolerance of Hinduism, which was born on this sacred land 10,000 years ago and continues to be. The world has had enough of Muslims who should change their ways and stop tormenting and killing innocent people. Lets face it if Islam was eradicated from this earth no one will miss it. Name one good thing Islam has given to human kind apart from destruction. For us the Hindus, zero tolerance has become a necessity to crush p.a.r.a.s.i.t.e.s and like you. Also i must say not all followers of Islam are bad people.
            1. Mohammad Dar
              Jul 5, 2017 at 12:30 am
              Bs of a hog of hinduism racism by faith, hind crime of hinduism has nothing to do with the subcontinent, but imposed by hinduism terrorism by the hogs of hinduism racism , of Persia and Egypt, to enslave the native of the land, no need to hind, lie to justify hind crime of hinduism racism against humanity, it has no life in the sub continent, before the arrival of the dogs of hinduism terrorism, the most 3000 years ago.
              1. B
                Jul 5, 2017 at 1:17 am
                Repeating the same hogwash over and over again does not make anything true. Give up already!
              2. Alakanuk Rusty
                Jul 5, 2017 at 1:38 am
                Probably they think that that by allowing the officially designated "global pariah" like him and his ilk to speak their mind, the civilised human beings world over does not forget what kind of s.c.u.m.s the civilised world is dealing with. It is necessary to be aware of the "level" "quality" of the f.i.l.t.h that it is up against lest they make a lapse in correctly assesing the kind of danger the otherwise unbelievable level of depravity stupidity frustrations envy anger hatred bigotry which motivates the acutely regressive "official international pariah" which unlike them is perpetually operating in sheer "bad faith" and desperately "seeking vengeance for being born, fervently hoping to take everyone else down with it!" !! 😂
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