PM Modi’s friend Netanyahu loses chair, will India-Israel relations change under Naftali Bennett’s rule?

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Tel Aviv/New Delhi
Benjamin Netanyahu, a friend of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has lost his power in Israel after nearly 12 years. In place of Netanyahu, his ‘prosecutor’ Naftali Bennett has become the new Prime Minister of Israel. Prime Minister Modi has congratulated the new PM of Israel by tweeting. During this, he did not forget to remember his friend Netanyahu as well. PM Modi praised Netanyahu at the end of his ‘successful’ term. Experts say that Naftali Bennett replacing Netanyahu as prime minister will not affect the “unbreakable” India-Israel friendship. Qamar Agha, an expert on West Asian affairs, says that India-Israel relations will grow even after the change in power. Relationships do not depend on one man. These relationships have grown over a period of time and will continue to grow. “There is no difference between the ideology of Naftali and Netanyahu. Both are staunch nationalists. In India too, PM Modi has the image of a nationalist leader.

‘India-Israel relations will grow even in the new administration’
He said Israel benefits greatly from relations with India. India buys weapons from Israel on a large scale. On buying arms from India, other countries also buy weapons from him. After India-Israel relationship, other countries have made relations with it. Israel benefits greatly from relations with India. Because of this, the relations between India and Israel will also progress in the new administration. Agha said that the impact of relations with India on Palestine remains to be seen. Qamar Aag said that Bennett would like India to join him on the issue of Palestine but India will not do so. India says that the solution to the Palestine dispute lies in creating two countries. UN resolutions should be implemented in this. He said that Arab countries did not oppose India’s relationship with Israel. Now Arab countries have also started to strengthen ties with Israel.

‘China is moving fast in West Asia, Israel needs India’
Dr Rahis Singh, an expert on international affairs, says that the relationship between the two countries is not based on one person. Naftali Bennett will take it forward. Naftali Bennett has been the Defense Minister of Israel and during his tenure there have been many defense relations with India. This shows that he will further strengthen relations with India. Dr Singh says that China is progressing very fast in West Asia and Israel will have a great need not only of America but also of India in the future.

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PM Modi wants to meet Naftali Bennett, congratulated
Earlier on Monday, PM Modi congratulated right-wing Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett on taking oath as Israel’s prime minister. Prime Minister Modi said that he is looking forward to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Naftali Bennett on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel. We are completing 30 years of improving our diplomatic relations next year and I look forward to meeting you on this occasion and further strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries. Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s prime minister on Sunday. With this, the tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been in the post of Prime Minister for 12 years, ended. Prime Minister Modi lauded former Prime Minister Netanyahu at the end of his ‘successful’ term and thanked his leadership for his personal focus on the India-Israel strategic partnership. According to Johann Plezner, head of the Israel Democracy Institute, “Bennett is a right-wing leader, tough on security, but he is a practical leader.”

[Attribution to NBT]

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