India’s PM-elect Narendra Modi: a friend of Israel
Originally Posted in Times of Israel by Vijeta Uniyal
Narendra Modi is the next Prime Minister of India. Modi’s NDA-Alliance won 336 out of 543 seats in the Indian parliament. He has routed the ruling Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi, the 4th generation member of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
To Modi’s credit, he has never expressed any personal grudge against the US administration’s punitive actions; but judging by his political track record, he does tend to remember old friends. According to most pundits in New Delhi, He is expected to visit Israel, before he calls on Washington.
Ideologically, Modi is sympathetic to the notion of the Jewish homeland. His own election manifesto mirrors the millennia-old Jewish desire and calls India a homeland for prosecuted Hindus.
This is sea change compared to the attitudes of his successors, who refused to recognize Israel till 1991 and restricted India-Israel relations to trade and defense procurement.
I will leave it to the skeptics and pundits to give a thousand and one reasons for not extending a hand of friendship to India’s PM-elect Narendra Modi; but for me if someone talks like a friends, act like a friends – I will take my chances and call him a friend.