Indian President To Make Historic Visit To Israel, Echoing Prime Minister


Indian President Pranab MukherjeeIndian President Pranab Mukherjee will become the first holder of his office to Israel later this year, a further illustration of the growing ties between the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will do the same this year.

Mukherjee plans to begin his Middle East trip on Oct. 9. According to Indian media reports, his first stop will be Jordan, followed by the Palestinian Authority. He will then arrive in Israel.

Since its founding, India has had close relations with the Arab world. But recent years have seen a gradual rapprochement between Jerusalem and New Delhi, manifested by increased security cooperation. In February, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visited India, where the two countries finalized a major defense deal worth more than $1.5 billion.

Modi also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Reports have indicated that Modi is considering a shift in his country’s pro-Palestinian stance at the U.N.




  1. Israel would be better off aligning itself with India and let the Americans make fools of the rest of the world. The U.S. cannot be trusted. A country is only as trustworthy as its leaders. Obama, Kerry & the squishy, weak Republican leadership in the House and Senate make for a great game of RumiCube but none of them could be trusted.