Israel’s PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu believes in acting on his beliefs even if it means taking a risk or two. Knowing fully well that Barack Obama saw the US-Iran nuclear deal as a legacy of his term in office, Bibi still went ahead and lobbied Congress against the pact in March, 2015 on a Republican invite.
Because of his charismatic and controversies related with him, the leader is well known in the West as well, particularly in the US where he attended his school. After a period of distinguished military service, he completed an undergraduate and master’s degree from MIT in Boston.
Probably because of the rare visits to India as a top ranked leader from Israel, he is little lesser known in India.
During his negotiation meeting with the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, an Israeli newspaper points out, Natanyahu set out “three nos” that were: no withdrawal from Golan Heights, no discussion regarding Jerusalem and no preconditioned negotiations.
After he lost an election for PM, the man returned to office in 2009 without letting his beliefs and opinions suffer as an individual. He is also known for having clashed with the former US President Barack Obama over the construction in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem.
And his many such flamboyant acts have made him popular even as his critics see him as inflexible and quite sensibly philosophical man.
PR Kumaraswamy, university lecturer of Middle Eastern studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the national capital, have the same opinion that “much of the focus would be on non-political and non-security issues such as agriculture and water management”, stating that Israeli expertise can assist the Indian market achieve food security.
“I am particularly looking forward to interacting with the large, vibrant Indian diaspora in Israel that represents an enduring link between our two peoples,” Modi wrote on his Facebook page before his arrival in Israel.