Pakistani newspapers castigate Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel

Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, concludes his three-day trip to the Jewish nation on Thursday. See what the Pakistani media said about PM Modi's visit.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2017 11:09 am
Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Modi in Israel, Pakistan media on Modi in Israel Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu (PTI Photo/PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday inked seven pacts in various sectors including cooperation in space, water management and agriculture. In a joint statement, they said their talks were not limited to bilateral opportunities, but included cooperation in fighting terrorism. While PM Modi said India’s belief in democratic values and economic progress has been a “shared pursuit”, Netanyahu hailed Indo-Israel ties as a “marriage made in heaven”.

Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel, concludes his three-day trip to the Jewish nation on Thursday. The two countries are also celebrating 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, this year.

Read: India, Israel ‘strategic partners’, sends strong message on terror. Click here.

See what the Pakistani media said on PM Modi’s visit:

The Dawn

Titled ‘Indo-Israeli embrace’, an editorial in Dawn on Thursday says PM Modi’s meeting with Netanyahu provides Pakistan an opportunity to “build world opinion” on the Kashmir issue. Comparing Israel’s “atrocious behaviour” towards Palestinians to the “brute force” India has “unleashed” upon Kashmiris, the Dawn editorial states the Indo-Israel relationship has emerged as a “steady bilateral alliance.”

“Both right-wing governments in Tel Aviv and Delhi seem to be sharing notes on how to keep these restive populations in check, with the Israelis stifling Gaza and the Indians using the jackboot to crush the Kashmiris,” the editorial says.

The Express Tribune

Making comparisons with PM Modi’s Israel visit, The Express Tribune, in an editorial titled ‘Of Rocks and Harder Places’, says Pakistan remains engaged in “border management” and that its foreign policy is still a “distant dream”. “The visit to Israel by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a heads-up for the world at large. Not only does India have a foreign policy that is changing the shape of the envelope, it has the capacity to see through, much to its advantage, the policies that emerge therefrom. The scale of welcome for Mr Modi when the entire Israeli cabinet turned out to greet him was itself an indicator that times were changing,” the editorial states.

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The News International

The News International described PM Modi’s meeting with Netanyahu one of “similar minds”.

“Both are religious fundamentalists whose zealotry has led them to demonise and massacre Muslims. It is no surprise that Modi is one of the only Indian leaders to have visited Israel before, going there in 2006 when he was chief minister of Gujarat and had already led a pogrom against Muslims,” the editorial says, adding, “That both leaders are religious chauvinists only makes their alliance more dangerous.”

The editorial says that by securing greater military ties with Israel — defence deals worth $1 billion were signed between PM Modi and Netanyahu during this trip — India aims to insidiously be at the forefront of an anti-terrorism bloc.

“India’s cynical hope is that by tarring all Muslims as terrorists it will be able to delegitimise the liberation movement in Kashmir,” The News International editorial says. It adds, “Modi has aligned himself with every anti-Muslim zealot around and his alliance of demagogues is a threat to every genuine movement for liberation in the world.”

The Daily Times

The Daily Times, which stands in solidarity with Palestinians, in an editorial titled ‘When Modi met Bibi’, opines that India could have made use of its “economic clout” to influence Israel in weakening its hold over occupied territories.

“Yet at heart Modi is a hyper-nationalist who only speaks the language of neoliberal economics. In Netanyahu, he sees a ‘friend’ who also believes in silencing dissent. The significance of Modi skipping a visit to Ramallah, the traditional home of the Palestinian Authority, cannot be overstated,” the editorial says.

The Nation

The Nation’s editorial ‘Breaking Silence’ questions the timing of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s call for support for the “oppressed Muslims in Kashmir” earlier this week given PM Modi’s visit to Israel — the first in 70 years. Opining that Khamenei’s remarks may have been prompted by the urge to remind India what a friendship with Israel might cost, the edit adds that PM Modi’s visit translates to India standing with an enemy of the Muslim bloc.

“The biggest problem though, is that a country asking Muslims to unite for oppressed Muslims in Kashmir is the one most other Muslim nations have united against,” the editorial said. However, it adds, given the differences between Iran and other Gulf countries it’s unlikely to translate into action.

Khamenei had said, “Conflicts in Yemen, Bahrain, problems in all Islamic countries, are major wounds on the body of Islam. The World of Islam should explicitly support the people of Yemen, and express their disdain against the oppressors who’ve attacked the people in such horrible ways during the month of Ramadan… The same is true for the people of Bahrain and Kashmir: Our people can back this great movement within the World of Islam.”

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    Tara Chand Goel
    Jul 8, 2017 at 2:20 am
    As the main Pakistani newspaper the Dawn which is linked to the Jews is praising this visit. Good of Modi (who is loved by the Jews for several reasons) to have gone to Israel he will get support of the powerful Jewish lobby. All the Jewish infiltrated media looks Israel lokk very important but in reality Israel is protectorate of the USA. Good idea to keep good terms with Arabs and their Jewish cousins.
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      M.n. Rao
      Jul 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm
      What else you can expect from media?
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        Tapan Sahay
        Jul 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm
        You forgot to include the Pak newspaper Indian Express being published in Indoia
        1. C
          Jul 6, 2017 at 2:40 pm
          Cry all you want PAKIS. NAMO will do all the things in Indian interest till you are out of tears!
          1. M
            Jul 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm
            Now after muzzies here in India even Porkis want us to do there appea t and lick there feet If we want to remain alive.
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              Venkataraman Jagadesan
              Jul 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm
              Naturally for a terror state to be worried since the reach of the two leaders would spell doom for their nefarious activities all over the world and especially in our country. The destruction of the Terror state will surely bring peace in the world. Jai HInd.
              1. S
                Jul 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm
                Pakistan and its ins utions can keep harping on religion and support religious causes while watching the world passing and leaving them behind. Why should news organizations be involved in supporting causes on religious grounds? If that is a compulsion for them, they should be honest enough to stop parading as news organizations. They should realize that religion is an individual's choice and governments should not interfere in it. The day they step out of this mindset, they will realize that India and Pakistan have a lot in common and help each other in progressing without encroaching on each other's interests.
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                  Purushottam Kulkarni
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm
                  You summed it up correctly.very apt comment. But the same is going to fall on deaf ears.
                  1. C
                    Jul 6, 2017 at 2:24 pm
                    China is Pakistan's best friend and China does not suit India's interests. So what is the difference? Being good friends with Israel strengthens the India-US bond and this is worrying Pakistan.
                2. R
                  Jul 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm
                  who cares what the Pak media is printing or saying . Its hi time we started having a foriegn policy which is in the larger interests of the country rather than tryin to appease only one segiment .
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