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PM erred in not visiting Palestine during Israeli tour: Shabbir

Leader of the Opposition in the Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Shabbir Ali today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has committed a diplomatic blunder by not visiting Palestine during his three-day stay in Israel. The Prime Minister could have spared a few hours to visit holy icons of Islam and Christianity in Palestine and Jerusalem.

In a pressnote here on Friday, Shabbir Ali stated that India got no advantage by his visit to Isreal and put future of lakhs of Indian workers in Gulf in jeopardy by displaying “indifference” towards Palestine. The  Prime Minister put the   India foreign policy towards  Muslims  nations  in jeopardy  by  his tour of  Isreal and not visiting Palestine during the first  visit  by an Indian Prime Minister to Isreal. He said the Prime Minister, who spent three days in Isreal strolling  on the beach  and also visiting museums, could have also spent  a few hours visiting  the grand Mosque of  Palestine and also the Holy icons of  Christianity at  Jerusalem. “ If the Prime Minister had displayed statesmanship it would have gone a long way in reassuring all minorities in India and abroad confidence in the concept of secularism, which was a core element of the Indian democracy”, he added.

A short visit by the PM to any of the Arab countries or at least Palestine would have cemented lasting good will and brotherhood and elevated the pride of all Indians working  there, he said, adding that PM’s   visit  to  Isreal sent a wrong signal  to the  friendly Middle East  countries  and it is essential  for both the PMO and the MEA to make a timely  announcement on how and why  the PM’s itinerary missed Palestine – even for a few hours – and set right  the  diplomatic  blunder”. (NSS)