Netanyahu, a personal friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, formed his sixth government after winning a comfortable majority in parliament with right-wing allies. With this the political instability in the country ended.
India-Israel strategic ties are likely to get a further boost after a brief hiatus with Benjamin Netanyahu returning as Israel’s prime minister. Netanyahu favors stronger ties between India and Israel. Netanyahu, a personal friend of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, formed his sixth government after winning a comfortable majority in parliament with right-wing allies. With this the political instability in the country ended. The 73-year-old leader of the Likud party is the second Israeli prime minister to have visited India in January 2018.
Modi also made a historic visit to Israel in July 2017 and was the first prime minister to do so. During this, the ‘affinity’ of both the leaders was the subject of discussion. Netanyahu is the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel. When Modi visited Israel, Netanyahu was with him like a ‘shadow’. Such an honor is usually reserved in Israel for the US President and the Pope. A photograph of the two leaders standing barefoot opposite each other on Olga beach became a topic of discussion on social media.
During Modi’s visit to Israel, the two countries expanded their ties to a strategic partnership. Since then the two countries have focused their relationship on a knowledge-based partnership, including discussions on innovation and research, and promotion of ‘Making in India’ initiatives. Netanyahu used his closeness to world leaders, including Modi, as his platform during the election campaign and demonstrated that no one could secure Israel’s interests on the international stage except him.
Her picture with Modi was prominently used during an election campaign for her Likud party. Netanyahu was born in Tel Aviv in 1949 and moved to the US when his father, prominent historian and Jewish activist Benzion, was offered an academic position. He returned to Israel at the age of 18 and served in the army for five years as captain of the elite commando unit Sayret Matkal.
Netanyahu participated in the 1968 Beirut airport raid and fought in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. After completing his military service, he again returned to the US and did his Masters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Netanyahu was appointed Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in 1984, and upon his return in 1988, was elected to parliament and made Deputy Foreign Minister. He later became the chairman of the Likud party and became the first directly elected prime minister in 1996.
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