The dates for the tour were fixed days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India, which concluded on Friday.
Over at least five decades, New Delhi has consistently supported the Palestinian cause, recognising it as a state in 1988. But India's policy towards both nations has undergone a slow shift since the NDA government headed by PM Modi came to power in 2014.
Last year, PM Modi had visited Israel -- a first by an Indian Prime Minister. He did not visit Palestine at the time -- an omission that was seen as part of India's efforts to de-hyphenate Israel and Palestine and signaling an intention to develop closer ties with Israel. Mr Netanyahu's subsequent visit to India has built on the strategic partnership between the two nations and a beginning on collaboration across various fields including defence, oil and gas, renewable energy, cyber security and even film-making.
In May last year, during the visit of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas to Delhi, PM Modi had emphasized India's commitment ''to see the realization of a sovereign, independent, united and viable Palestine, co-existing peacefully with Israel". He also spoke of India's ''unwavering support" to the Palestinian cause''.
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