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The Morning Wrap: Modi Meets His 'Dost' In Israel; China Says No Scope For 'Compromise'

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05/07/2017 9:04 AM IST | Updated 05/07/2017 9:04 AM IST
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embrace.

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"We have waited for 70 years for you"-- This is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted by Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu. This is the first time an Indian PM is visiting Israel. The Israeli PM described Modi as "mere dost (my friend)" at least three times during the 30-minute welcome at the airport. Acknowledging Modi's love for acronyms, Netanyahu delivered one of his own, "I-square-plus-T-square — India and Israel plus Israeli technology and Indian talent, is India-Israel ties for tomorrow."

In unusually blunt remarks, China said there was no scope for a "compromise" in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section. China's Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said "the ball is in India's court" and that Indian troops should unconditionally pull back to the Indian side of the boundary to resolve this issue.

Years of protest may have finally paid off. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act may soon be partially withdrawn from parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The two BJP-ruled states have been asked by the Home Ministry to review the situation in areas under AFSPA and prepare recommendations for the Centre to examine in consultation with the Army.

Off The Front Page

Paranoid over the recent lynching of Muslims, a 42-year-old assistant engineer in Aligarh's Kasimpur power station was caught at the railway station on Sunday afternoon wearing a burqa. When the security officials questioned him, he said that he wanted to conceal his identity as he was scared of being lynched for being a Muslim man.

An apparently derogatory post on Facebook by a class X student triggered clashes in Baduria and Basirhat areas of West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, leading to torched police vehicles, vandalised shops and blocked roads. The Union Home Ministry has dispatched three companies of paramilitary forces after the state sought the Centre's help.

Opinion

What will be PM Modi- do in Israel? Krishnan Srinivasan writes for The Telegraph that the most prominent factor in Modi's engagements so far with West Asia - the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar - has been military-security cooperation. This aspect is expected to dominate his visit to Israel as well.

Ravish Kumar writes for The Wire, arguing that LK Advani's isolation mirrors the retreat of Indian politics. "Advani's silence is the most dramatic screenplay of our times – it's a screenplay in search of a climax," he writes.

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