Sat Jul 8, 2017 12:21PM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu
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These are the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

Modi visits Israel 
Narendra Modi has become the first-ever sitting Indian prime minister to visit Israel since New Delhi and Tel Aviv established full diplomatic ties. During the landmark visit, Israel and India signed several cooperation deals likened to a marriage made in heaven by Israel’s prime minister. Speaking at a joint presser alongside Netanyahu, Modi also said his visit has ushered in a new chapter in bilateral relations. Modi and Netanyahu also discussed ways to counter terrorism. Ironically, Israel is widely believed to be one of the main supporters of terrorist groups wreaking havoc in Syria. Let’s not forget Tel Aviv’s domestic terror against the people of Palestine who have for decades been falling victim to an entrenched system of institutionalized discrimination.

UNESCO slams Israel again
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has approved a resolution, condemning what it calls Israel’s illegal practices in East Jerusalem al-Quds. UNESCO’s resolution also described the Israeli regime as an “occupying power.”  The resolution said Israeli officials have failed to cease persistent excavations, tunneling, and other illegal activities particularly in and around the Old City of al-Quds. That is not the first time a UN body condemns Israel over its illegal activists and rights violations, most notably against Palestinians. But such resolutions and statements have not translated into genuine pressure with the ultimate goal of bringing the Israeli regime into line.