India’s relationship with Israel should not be at the expense of ties with Palestine: Shashi Tharoor

Tharoor also lauded the visit saying that the relationship between India and Israel had reached "a level of maturity" which had made it possible for a first ever visit to Israel by an Indian Prime Minister

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 4, 2017 5:34 pm
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Speaking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that the “important relationship” between India and Israel should be sustained but not at the expense of India’s relations with Palestine.

“Very important relationship which I believe India needs to sustain, while at the same time making sure it’s not at the expense of our traditional loyalty and ties with Palestinians and the Palestinian cause,” said the Congress parliamentarian from Thiruvananthapuram.

Tharoor also lauded the visit saying that the relationship between India and Israel had reached “a level of maturity” which had made it possible for a first-ever visit to Israel by an Indian Prime Minister.

Meanwhile in an interview to CNN News18, Tharoor said that it was the duty of the government to address both “domestic and international” concerns over Modi’s visit to Israel.

“Duty of Government to attend to the concerns of the domestic and international voices over PM’s visit to Israel,” Tharoor was quoted as saying.

In the interview he also said that credit should also go to the Congress party for strengthening the relationship with Israel in past and that he hoped that the current government ‘upgrades’  the relationship.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel on a three-day visit on Tuesday to commemorate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The first Indian prime minister to visit the country, Modi will hold talks with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on a range of issues, including terrorism and counter-terrorism operations. The two leaders are likely to sign a number of agreements in relation to innovation, development, science and technology and space. Modi will also call on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and the leader of opposition Isaac Herzog.

Ahead of Modi’s visit, Netanyahu said, “The Indian Prime Minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel. This is a historic visit to Israel. In the 70 years of the country’s existence, no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength. This is a very significant step in strengthening relations between the two countries.” Modi and Netanyahu have met twice on the sidelines of UN events, prior to this.

From Israel, Modi will depart to Germany on a two-day visit to attend the G20 Summit.

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  1. Abby Normal
    Jul 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    People writing a lot of comments in favor of the Jew, I feel sorry for what Hitler and Mussolini did to them, no one should label a person for they belief. We should learn to live in peace... but the armaments manufacturers would not like this... they are the one to benefit. I am certain that was no need to have two states (Palestine and Israel), one state was for a long time and it should have continue to be, the Jews could had lived in harmony with the residing Palestinian. Even now a lot of Palestinians are working in the Jewish dominated parts in completed harmony. In fairness the Jews are a very productive race of people, due to their religious thinking, which I consider to be very good. If you read the history of prior to 1947 about Palestine you will note that a lot of problems were caused by the Militants Jewish groups. The borders being constructed by the Jews, is being considered by the Palestinian as an affront, when in fact it is only a protection from the TERRORISTS.
    1. L
      Jul 6, 2017 at 6:46 am
      Israel always stood by India in peace and war. But Palaestine never supported India on the issue of Kashmir. But for Israel help casualty rate for India would have been more . But Khangrass is not worried about it.
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        Ashok Bhagat
        Jul 6, 2017 at 6:31 am
        I like to ask Mr. Tharoor can he cite any occasion when West Asian countries, and Palestine said anything favorable to India in political matters. In any OIC meeting. Could they vote India into OIC even though India has second largest Muslim population in the world. I think there has to be give and take, not take, take and take. On the other hand even though we were mean to Israel (perhaps to appease the Muslim lobby) many time, Israel was supportive of India and helped us out. You make the judgement, Mr. Tharoor. Please do not be blinded by your ideology
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          Papia Ghoshal
          Jul 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm
          Yes. We must be mature to deal with Israel. One must go through the entire history since the time of Hitler and birth of Israel. I'd request everyone to understand the Palestine issues. Please read a lot to understand the world crisis. I'm sure Modi ji is very intelligent and will deal with complete maturity and go by the interest of the world.
          1. Bert Brech
            Jul 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm
            The Palestinians and other Arabs have always sided with Pakistan against India and either openly supported China against India or refused to side with India. All the boundless sycophancy with which Indian governments larded the Arabs starting with Nehru never changed the Arab position of opposing India. All that lionising of Nasser ! Israel, by contrast, even though India always kept it at arms length and until recently did not even have full embassy level relations with it, always sided with India against Pakistan, and rushed emergency supplies to arms to India in 1962 during the Chinese invasion of India. Even then Nehru at first wanted the Israeli aircraft bringing the arms not to have Israeli signs on them so as to avoid offending Muslims and Arabs ! Ben Gurion said: No Israeli signs, no arms. The gutless Nehru of course gave in at once. So Israel has been a great and true friend of India. The only question is, does India deserve it.
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