Palestine, Israel must coexist: Modi

Posted May 18, 2017

Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spoken by phone, a spokesman said Wednesday, as controversy brewed over the USA president's sharing of intelligence with Russian Federation that came from Israel. The Palestinian leader will this evening attend a function at the India Islamic Cultural Centre in New Delhi.

Many Western countries classify Hamas as a terrorist group over its failure to renounce violence, recognize Israel's right to exist, and accept existing interim Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements.

Winnie Mandela, who has often been called "Mother of the Nation", told Independent Media that her wish is that "We sit and think of all those mothers who are going on a solidarity hunger strike for their sons in Israeli jails, who have struggled for so long for the liberation of Palestine".

The PA chief said that the oppression of the Palestinians started 100 years ago, when the "fake Zionist narrative, which denied our existence on our land, began".

The anniversary came this year against the backdrop of a hunger strike by Palestinians in Israeli prisons, led by jailed leader Marwan Barghouti.

Palestinians on Monday are marking the 69th anniversary of what they call the "Nakba", or "catastrophe", of the founding of Israel on May 14, 1948, the war that followed and the dispersion of an estimated 700,000 of their population.

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On May 16, along with meeting with Modi, he will also visit President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, and meet Vice President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

"Trump will visit Israel and Palestine to continue meetings with the leadership of the countries and once again listen to their views during the meetings scheduled for May 22-23".

"Now, it is clear to everyone that solution of the Palestine issue, ending the occupation will greatly help in countering terrorism in the region", the Palestinian president said.

"We wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world", Friedman said in a video taken by the USA embassy, adding he had prayed for Trump.

India has traditionally voiced its support for Palestinian statehood, initially shunning diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. This is the Palestine President's fifth visit to India and the third state visit after 2008 and 2012.

South Africa's Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies completed the symbolic hunger strike saying, " This is a very small gesture of solidarity with those fearless freedom fighters of Palestine struggling for the very same rights many of us now take for granted in South Africa, but which were in fact won through the same spirit of selfless commitment".