On 4 July the head of the Indian government Narendra modi will arrive in Israel for a three-day visit. Several media outlets, including Reuters, previously called the visit historic.
According to analysts, India has traditionally «cautious» in a demonstration of sympathy for the Jewish state: maintaining relations with Israel, Indian policy has publicly stated that the «just struggle of the Palestinian people.» This is due to the fear of the Indian authorities to «upset» the Arab countries, the sources of oil imports for India.
However, Narendra modi is planning to change this situation, significantly expanding collaboration with Israel. During the three-day talks with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu he looks forward to discussing large-scale supply and manufacture missiles, UAVs, and radar systems.
India is one of the largest markets for Israeli arms, where the annual transactions for $ 1 billion.
The Indian leader will not go to Ramallah, as is usually done by politicians seeking to preserve the political balance in regard to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
In may, modi has hosted the head of the PNA Mahmoud Abbas and offered him cooperation in the sphere of healthcare and information technology, however, experts have appreciated the atmosphere of this visit as «very restrained».
In recent months, Israel has attended several workers ‘ delegations of high-ranking Indian officials dealing with the preparation of modi’s visit.