Netanyahu’s Indian bromance - Opinion

Netanyahu’s Indian bromance

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 11:01 am

It wasn’t exactly “From Here to Eternity,” but the image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, up to their shins in the Mediterranean surf and discussing desalination, says a lot about the budding romance between the two Asian democracies.

Modi, in Israel last week, was received by Israelis with the warmth of a beloved visiting relative and with a palpable ease that Netanyahu doesn’t share with his American or European allies. It’s a summer reverie: First, India is an increasingly wealthy nation of a billion-plus consumers for Israeli high tech. The trade relationship is now worth more than $4 billion annually and, by most assessments, can only go up. Second, Modi is a Hindu nationalist with little sympathy for his Muslim countrymen — who doesn’t seem to be terribly concerned with the complaints of the Palestinians. Reverie, indeed: A rare international visitor with no external issues to ruffle Netanyahu’s fractious coalition government.

Login required

We have used your information to see if you have a subscription with us, but did not find one.

Please click the button below to verify an existing account or to purchase a new subscription.

Need an account? Create one now.

You must login to view the full content on this page.