The Regional Shifts Behind Modi’s Historic Visit to Israel

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a conference with Israeli and Indian CEOs in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 6, 2017 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a conference with Israeli and Indian CEOs in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 6, 2017 (AP photo by Oded Balilty).
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When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Israel this week, he marked a major turning point in global diplomacy. Like other pivotal moments in world affairs, the first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister was the culmination of a long process. But it underscores a series of geopolitical trends that have reshaped the Middle East, making it almost unrecognizable from barely a decade ago and presaging more far-reaching changes ahead. Modi was welcomed in Israel with an effusiveness reserved for few global leaders. At the arrival ceremony, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told him, “We’ve been waiting for […]

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