Israel's new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has expressed his desire to maintain warm relations with India. He has said that his government will work to establish advanced strategic relations with India. Bennett's close aide in the government and Foreign Minister Jair Lapid has also emphasized better relations with India. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Bennett on becoming the Prime Minister and expressed hope that the relations between the two countries will touch new heights of cooperation.
Israeli foreign minister talks of new strategic ties
Earlier, in response to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's congratulatory message, his Israeli counterpart Lapid talked about new strategic ties and invited Jaishankar to visit Israel in the near future. It is noteworthy that Lapid Yes Atid is the head of the party and he will be made prime minister in September 2023 under the alliance agreement. Prime Minister Modi has said in his message that on the occasion of 30 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, he looks forward to establishing strong strategic ties between the two countries next year.
Modi thanks Netanyahu for strengthening the ties between the two countries
Modi also thanked Benjamin Netanyahu for strengthening the ties between the two countries as Prime Minister. Said that Netanyahu had also taken a personal interest in forging closer ties with India. Netanyahu stepped down on Sunday after serving as Israel's prime minister for 12 years. His and Modi's close relationship has been in the news many times. When Modi visited Israel for the first time in July 2017, his grand welcome made the headlines of the world's media.
Tension over nationalists march to Jerusalem
As soon as he takes office, Bennett has been challenged with a proposed march of nationalist Jews to the old part of Jerusalem. In the part of Jerusalem from which the march is to be taken, the majority of the population is Muslim and they consider the day of March as a day of sorrow.
Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu, also a right-wing leader
Bennett, 49, leader of the Yamina Party, is considered a clear-wing right-wing leader. Bennett, who likes new technology, has become a billionaire with his intelligence skills. At one point he was defense minister in Netanyahu's cabinet as an aide. He later formed the Yamina Party and contested against Netanyahu's regime. His party has six MPs in Parliament.