On hot mic, Israel PM caught talking about why Modi skipped Palestine

Audio released by Haaretz, revealed that Netanyahu, during a close-door session with leaders from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia told them: “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he needs water for his people. ‘Where will I get it? Ramallah? No’.”

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published:July 23, 2017 4:47 am
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There are many red faces in South Block over a conversation of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accidentally relayed through a hot mic, which appeared to suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose the country as his preferred destination to get technology and, in the process, ignored Palestine.

Audio released by Haaretz, one of Israel’s leading news outlets, revealed that Netanyahu, during a close-door session with leaders from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia this week in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, told them: “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he needs water for his people. ‘Where will I get it? Ramallah? No’.”

Modi visited Israel from July 4 to 6 and skipped Palestine, departing from a decades-old convention of Indian leaders visiting both countries. Reacting to Netanyahu’s comments on Modi, Palestinian envoy to India, Adnan Abu Alhaijaa, told The Sunday Express, “Our problem is occupation. We, Palestinians, are well-educated, we have good scientists. If we are free, our scientists can develop technology. I hope when Prime Minister Modi visits free Palestine next time, and not occupied Palestine, he will find technology in our country, in water and in agriculture.”

He added that when President Pranab Mukherjee visited Palestine in 2015, India had gifted computers but those were “not allowed to reach Palestine and blocked by Israel”. “Our problem is occupation,” Alhaijaa repeated. Netanyahu’s remarks on Modi were accidentally transmitted to the headphones distributed among reporters, though his aides discovered the transmission and shut it down within a few minutes.

He was making this point while referring to the EU’s insistence on conditioning the EU Association Agreement on certain terms related to the peace process between Israel and Palestine. “The European Union is the only association of countries in the world that conditions the relations with Israel — that produces technology and every area — on political conditions. The only ones! Nobody does it,” Netanyahu said.

“It’s crazy. It’s actually crazy,” he said, “It’s not about my interest. I’m talking about Europe’s interest.” He also drew a comparison with China: “We have a special relationship with China. And they don’t care. They don’t care about the political issues.” There was no official response from the Ministry of External Affairs or Israel’s embassy in Delhi on Netanyahu’s comments. However, a government source told The Sunday Express, “We would not like to comment on the unauthorised and leaked comments of a foreign leader. The Indian government speaks for itself about its reasons to visit a country.”

As the first-ever Indian PM to visit Israel, 25 years after diplomatic relations were established between the two countries, Modi was hailed by the strategic community for de-hyphenating India’s ties with Israel and Palestine. “We have a mission in Ramallah, and we hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in May this year. And if you read the joint statement (between India and Israel), Paragraph 20 said that the two Prime Ministers discussed the developments pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. They underlined the need for the establishment of a just and durable peace in the region. They reaffirmed their support for an early negotiated solution between the sides based on mutual recognition and security arrangements,” the source said, pointing out that has been no dilution of India’s support to the Palestinian cause.

Netanyahu had accompanied Modi throughout the three-day visit, barring possibly during the Indian PM’s meeting with Israel President Reuven Rivlin and the main Opposition leader, Isaac Herzog. He received Modi at the airport, as well as saw him off.

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    Albert Colaco
    Jul 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    Of course, we have to put our country's first. We support the nation of Israel and the right of its people to live in peace within secure borders. At the same time, we support a homeland for the Palestinians in Gaza West Bank. Hopefully, both the Israelis and Palestinians will learn to live in peace and friendship in the years to come.
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      umesh
      Jul 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm
      And why not, our PM visit Israel by the way? The country, the only country, that helped us fight the Kargil was successfully was none other than Israel. Neither US nor Russia came to our help in locating the Pak intruders by their sattallites, it was Israel who helped us at the crucial jucture. Not only that the precise missile/bomb attacks at the pak coarwds occupies areas in Indian side were carried out by the help of Israel, otherwise the loss of our brave hearts' lives would have been gone by hundred folds. While our PM wanted to get Israel in future technologies, it is only Israel who sincerely does it. It is the only country that India can relay upon as of the date. The better we get the technologies adopted and implemented in our country from Israel the faster, the better for us, as on from two sides our enemies are waiting to teach us a lesson simultaneously.
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        Shivaraj
        Jul 24, 2017 at 11:34 am
        It is so true, our PM visit was largely driven by national interests, technology was one of them. We (Indians) have to realise this 'self-reliance' in all spheres of individual and national life is must for holistic growth. A few years back people mocked our previous PM's visit to foreign countries as begging for aid and investment this time for technology. I won't find fault in them, it is our own mismanagement that humiliates us. It is time not only for making in India but also for MADE BY INDIANS, innovation is must.
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          Deshbandhu
          Jul 24, 2017 at 9:40 am
          It's futile and fruitless discussing the skip of Palestinian visit by PM Modi. The ideologies of Trump, Israel and Sangh Parivar are quite similar. Manuvaad and Illuminati, Masonic ideologies go hand in hand. However, it is the BJP government's decision to visit countries of their choice. The present internal condition of India is full of 'Bhagwa pollution' and the conditions for civil war is being created by Sangh Parivar and BJP. All other political parties and leaders are in their dragnet. The main Agenda of Sangh Parivar is to make every Hindu in India as its member be it RSS, Bajrang Dal, Vahini or any other outfit, in order to maintain the vote bank and rule and rape Mother India.
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            Morgoth
            Jul 24, 2017 at 7:49 am
            apparently Palestinians are well educated and have scientists . ROFL :)
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              Unknown
              Jul 24, 2017 at 2:14 pm
              They are. Unlike you though. LMFAO. :)
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              Sugunakumar Samuelraj
              Jul 24, 2017 at 5:17 am
              It takes Two Morons to tango. Well done Modi ,dancing to the tunes of Butcher Bibi.
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                geekay
                Jul 23, 2017 at 10:29 pm
                is Mr peter vidal has disassociated with IE or what your weekly horoscope is not updated now days attention editor. it looks like you started working like Tamilnadu government , no check for what ever publication is doing
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                  rahul.acharya
                  Jul 23, 2017 at 10:26 pm
                  'There are many red faces in South Block over a conversation of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accidentally relayed through a hot mic, which appeared to suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose the country as his preferred destination to get technology and, in the process, ignored Palestine'. Why is there any need to have 'red faces' ? The Israeli PM has simply stated the truth.It is time for all the extreme left wing media owners,to shed their nonsensical communist thinking. Sixties are long gone.Remove all those communist mental cobwebs and get haircuts,you crackpot hippies.
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