Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Israeli Regime on Tuesday, triggering anger of the country’s strong Muslim minority.
Modi’s trip to occupied Palestinian territories marks first visit by an Indian prime minister, breaking his predecessors’ tradition who has always been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause.
New Delhi, Under Midi’s who assumed power in 2014, has pursued ties with Tel Aviv in secret and Narendra’s upcoming visit will lift the curtain on their relationship, India is now Israeli regime’s biggest arms market, buying weapons at an average of $1 billion each year.
Reuters cited Indian officials as saying that. Modi will hold three days of talks with his Israeli regime’s Benjamin Netanyahu, to advance sales and production of missiles, drones and radar systems under his signature “Make in India” drive.
At home, the apparent shift in what has long been a bedrock of India’s foreign policy risks sharpening criticism that the country’s 180 million Muslims are increasingly being marginalized under Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which swept to power in 2014.
“Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel will only strengthen its occupation of Palestine,” said Asaduddin Owaisi, a member of India’s federal parliament from a regional group that promotes Muslim rights.
Modi will not travel to Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority and a customary stop for visiting leaders trying to maintain a balance in political ties.
Netanyahu, hailing what he described as Modi’s “historic visit”, said on Monday he and the Indian leader have worked together over the past few years to build a “steadfast friendship” between Israel and India.
“This visit will deepen cooperation in a wide range of fields – security, agriculture, water, energy – basically in almost every field Israel is involved in,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in public remarks.
In previous decades, under the left-leaning Congress Party, former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was a regular visitor to New Delhi.