Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India on January 14

Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India on January 14

The CPI (M) on Thursday said the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is not welcome in India. A meeting of the core committee formed unanimously by Jamat-e-Islami Hind, All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen, All India Muslim Majlis Mushavirat, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadeeth, All India Milli Council was held.

Netanyahu and Modi will participate in business events in Delhi and Ahmedabad, while the former will participate in separate business event in Mumbai.

Netanyahu's visit comes in the wake of India voting against the USA in the United Nations over it recognising Jerusalem as its capital.

The piece says that contrary to Mr. Modi's support for the Israeli occupation, people of India have always stood in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against Israeli aggression: "The coalition headed by Netanyahu is the most right-wing government that Israel has had".

Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India comes 15 years after Ariel Sharon came to Delhi in 2003.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin backed the Prime Minister, suggesting new legislation be drawn up created to "protect ministers" from similar incidents.

The premier will travel with 130 businesspersons from his country.

In addition, he will give an inaugural speech at the Raisina Dialogue and meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum in Delhi.

The PM will host a grand lunch for his guest, and the two leaders will visit Sabarmati ashram.

Asked whether Baby Moshe, the Israeli child who lost his parents in the 2008 terror attack on a Jewish centre in Mumbai, will be part of Netanyahu's delegation or whether Moshe will attend Jewish community event, Bhaskar said finer details of the Israeli PM's visit were still being worked out. An eight-kilometre-long roadshow is said to have been arranged from the airport to the ashram. Modi and he will also visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

In Mumbai, Netanyahu will highlight the importance of fighting terrorism.

In Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community. This is also why I vehemently oppose the exclusion of women [from public affairs].

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