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China's friend CPI-M worried about India-Israel's relation : Tripura CPI-M expresses resentments on Israeli PM's India visit
TIWN Jan 16, 2018
China's friend CPI-M worried about India-Israel's relation : Tripura CPI-M expresses resentments on Israeli PM's India visit
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AGARTALA, Jan 16 (TIWN): Every time the issue of India-Israel relations comes up, the left wing, particularly the CPI-M comes in protest and hence in PM Modi's era too they are doing the same.

Tripura CPI-M keeping Prakash Karat in front is expressing resentments on Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu's India visit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart are "ideological soul-mates", the CPI (M) claimed, opposing the visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to India from January 14.

In party organ 'Peoples' Democracy', former CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat has opposed Netanyahu's visit, saying the Israeli prime minister should know that secular and democratic-minded people oppose his policies.

"His official visit is not something which is to be welcomed. Netanyahu is coming at the invitation of the Modi government. Netanyahu and Modi are ideological soul-mates, one represents right-wing ultra-Jewish nationalism while the other is an advocate of right-wing Hindutva nationalism," Karat wrote.

But analysis of CPI-M's opposing of the tie says since the year India and China established full diplomatic relations with Israel. Since then, they have vied for technological collaboration with the Jewish state, not only in military but also, more importantly, in agriculture. 

As China and Israel started normalising relations, Israel's arms sale to China in nineties and 2000s started having an effect on Chinese policy makers. The CPI (M) has consistently been the voice of China’s geo-strategic concerns in India.

In this competition for beneficiary relations with Israel, India could have emerged as a strong competitor and also a favoured civilisational partner with Israel. After all, India and Israel are old civilisations and young nation-states. 

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