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Text of article by Sajjad Shaukat headlined "India's soft corner for Israel" published by Pakistani newspaper Pakistan Observer website on 8 October
Islamabad, 8 October: India established its diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, but recently these ties have accelerated as India has a soft corner of Israel. In this connection, in the last week of July this year, Israel hosted a delegation of Indian visiting editors and correspondents.
The delegation visited the famous security fence, Jerusalem and Sderot. The members of the group were taken on helicopters along the Israeli border with Gaza and Lebanon. In this respect, Tel Aviv also arranged a briefing regarding recent developments such as increase in humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, which was exaggerated - the Israeli requirement to secure its coastline in the form of continued sea blockade, economic progress of the West Bank and Israeli efforts for peace. A similar type of trip was also arranged for all the foreign journalists based in Israel.
During the second week of July 2010, Tel Aviv had also received a delegation of the Indian parliamentarians for the same purpose after the incident of Israeli attack on the aid flotilla. Notably, that delegation consisted of the members from all the major Indian political parties like Indian National Congress, …