Recently, snap legislative elections in Israel were held on 17 September 2019. The two main rivals of this election is Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz. Benjamin Netanyahu has been the Prime Minister of Israel since 2009. He is the longest serving Prime Minister in Israeli history. Benjamin is known for his good productive work in Israel. Gross Domestic Product of Israel has been increased by 70% since Benjamin is the president. At the same time Benjamin has also tried to make good healthy relation with other countries. In particular, Israel has succeeded in getting the US to shift its embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights among other things.
The officials declared at 8 am local time, 35% of votes had been counted, with Likud on 28%, and Blue and White on 26.6%. India has good relation with Israel. So the result of elections will impact India as well.
Benjamin Netanyahu has made strong relationship with India as well. He and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have made various efforts in order to make this bond strong and Strengthen the relationship. This can be appreciated from the fact that during this period, several high profile political visits between the two countries have taken place.
India – Israel Relations
Pranab Mukherjee was the first president who visited Israel in 2015. After meeting with Narendra Modi in UN Netanyahu said “Sky Is The Limit” as far as India-Israel relation are concerned. Narendra Modi visited Israel in June 2017. Subsequently, Prime Minister Netanyahu paid a return visit to India in January 2018, with the two sides having reviewed their bilateral ties and discussed the means through which the relationship could be further strengthened.
There are various reasons that motivate both of them to make the relations stronger. Some of them are:
- India realized that Israel plays very crucial role in order to make their army modern and strong. In Israel children are given training in their childhood and females are given revolver with their license.
- India is the largest buyer of Israeli military equipment and Israel is the second-largest defence supplier to India after Russia.
- Tel Aviv, a city on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast has a big participation in “Make In India”, which boost economic growth of India and generate job opportunities.
- political and security turmoil in the Middle East have helped India in expanding ties with Israel without attracting much criticism from the Arab States.
Deepening ties with Tel Aviv does not mean that the Modi government is unaware of the importance of the Arab States or there is a shift in India’s stand on Palestine. The presence of Sushma Swaraj at the OIC was a clear reflection of the balanced policy that the Modi government has pursued towards the Arab world and Israel.