Prime Minister Narendra Modi is travelling to Israel on July 4 for a three-day visit while avoiding any manner of contact with Palestinian political authorities or civil society. This visit is widely heralded as a key moment in India’s foreign relations. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made no secret of his eagerness to host an event to mark a quarter century of diplomatic ties. “My friend” is how Netanyahu has addressed Modi on Twitter. The Israeli media is in a mood of high expectancy, with one paper priming public opinion for a person described as the “most important prime minister in the world”.
What could the bond between these two leaders, both of whom seem at this time to have a degree of unquestioned authority within their countries, be?
Perhaps it is their shared susceptibility to myths of national glory. Modi functions in campaign mode at most times, where declamation…
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