Netanyahu plans to visit India before repeating polls to boost his campaign

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , who did not form a coalition after the April polls, plans to visit India before the repeated elections in September with the hope that a photo shoot with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will boost its campaign, according to an opinion piece in a leading Israeli newspaper.

In May, Israeli lawmakers voted 74-45 in favor of dissolving the 21st Knesset (parliament) and held unprecedented general elections on September 17 after Netanyahu did not form a coalition government.

Ha'aretz columnist, Yossi Verter, in an op-ed, 'Netanyahu's Out of Luck, but is waiting for a photo shoot with India Modi Will Help', over the weekend argued that Netanyahu 'recruited' (or recruited ) to three world leaders Regional powers to help boost their campaign before the April 9 elections.

Leading the group was the friend, Donald Trump. In the most transparent manner, from above, the White House organized a visit to Netanyahu's paralysis, whose climax was when the President signed a document that recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. That was March 25 and it was Trump's modest contribution, Verter wrote.

Pleased as a punch, Netanyahu returned to Israel , and on April 1, the president of Jair Bolsonaro arrived for a visit. Then, a week before election day, Netanyahu flew to Moscow, where the president Vladimir Putin Organized a spectacular, Hollywood-style ceremony in his honor, marking the discovery of the remains of long-missing Israel and soldier Zachary Baumel, I added.

However, after the Knesset dissolved and the country embarked on another election campaign, Verter said that the Office of the Prime Minister pulled the dust of the world. Where have we not visited, with whom we have met?

Only the great powers do it for him. And only two have not yet had the privilege of offering photos of Netanyahu for an election campaign: China and India, he said.

Netanyahu, who is fighting for his personal survival before a hearing before the state prosecutor's office in several cases, must find a way to recover, the columnist noted.

He said that China was not an option because it is a difficult country, with clear rules.

In view of all this, the PM office in Jerusalem It is said that he contacted his counterparts in New Delhi and requested an invitation.

Prime Minister Modi is a true friend A friend indeed for a friend in need The Indians checked their diary and got back to the Israel with a suggestion for an August visit Not happening, came the answer - but we'd be happy to eat in the first week of September (about 10 days before the election). It's a good bet that Modi and his aides know why the bride's in a rush to go under the chuppah, but, what are you friends for? the columnist wrote.

Netanyahu will land, meet, have his picture taken, market the visit as very important for Israel 's security and economic interests, complain that the leftist ignored the trip and upload something to Facebook, the journalist wrote.

Informed sources told PTI that one day for Netanyahu's trip to New Delhi is being resolved and the Indian PMO had suggested the week of August 25 for the visit.

The Israel i side prefers September, which they said would be closer to the general elections on the 17th of that month.

The first request for an invitation for Netanyahu to visit New Delhi was made in January during the visit of Israel and National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Sabbath to India.

The two leaders were scheduled to meet on February 11 before the elections in Israel but Netanyahu called off his trip to New Delhi due to other engagements.

The efforts regarding the visit were renewed after the Israel and parliament was dissolved and fresh elections announced.

Netanyahu visited India in January 2018, while Modi traveled to Tel Aviv In 2017, he became the first Indian Prime Minister to tour the Jewish state, where Netanyahu met him at the airport.

A picture of two of them strolling barefoot at the Olga beach in northern Israel during Modi's visit to the country in 2017 created waves with talks of 'bromance' in Israel.

Opinion polls conducted on channels 12 and 13 on Wednesday showed that the ruling bloc led by Netanyahu's Likud party would not reach the 61 mark by four to five seats, which would mean that it would again need the support of its only close confidant. Avigdor Lieberman.