Israeli PM Netanyahu arrives; India, Israel seek to put UN vote behind them

Israeli PM Netanyahu's visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and takes place about six months after PM Modi’s trip to Israel, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish state.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: January 15, 2018 10:15 am
PM Narendra Modi with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at his 7 Lok Kalyan Marg residence. (Source Twitter/ Narendra Modi)

Within hours of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landing at the airport, where he was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the visiting leader called him “my good friend” and said that they would together bring relations between the two countries to “new heights”.

In bilateral talks to be held on Monday, the two leaders are expected to discuss defence, security and innovation, apart from agriculture and water technology cooperation. Sources told The Indian Express that the two sides are likely to sign several pacts in the areas of oil and gas, renewable energy, amended protocol for airports, cyber-security, and co-production of films and documentaries, among others.

The Union Health Ministry will also sign an agreement with Israel’s Saare Tzedek hospital on homoeopathy and Ayurveda. The Science and Technology Ministry will also sign a pact with Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Netanyahu is leading a high-profile delegation of 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies drawn from areas such as agriculture, water, cyber-security, healthcare and security.

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After his arrival, Netanyahu, who came with his wife Sara, tweeted, “Thank you to my good friend, Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi, who surprised me with a personal welcome at the airport upon my arrival in India. Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights.”

Modi, who welcomed Netanyahu with a hug upon his arrival, said, “Welcome to India, my friend PM @netanyahu! Your visit to India is historic and special. It will further cement the close friendship between our nations.” Modi tweeted in both English and Hebrew.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival at Air Force Station. (PTI Photo)

The two leaders then went to the Teen Murti Chowk in central Delhi, which was formally renamed Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk. They also laid a wreath and signed the visitor’s book at the memorial, where Modi wrote, in Gujarati, that he saluted the “great Indian traditions of selfless sacrifice and penance” of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the liberation of the city of Haifa during the First World War. “One of these pages was written 100 years ago, in the sacrifice of Indian soldiers at Haifa… Naming this spot as Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk marks this historic occasion. In the presence of the Prime Minister of Israel, we pay homage to the brave soldiers,” Modi wrote in the visitor’s book.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade, which carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on September 23, 1918, during World War I. Forty-four Indian soldiers laid down their lives in the battle. Ahead of the visit, Netanyahu said that he was keen to strengthen bilateral relations “even more”. “This evening I am leaving on an historic visit to India. I will meet with the Prime Minister, my friend Narendra Modi, with the Indian President and with many other leaders. We will sign very many agreements,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

The visit marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and takes place about six months after Modi’s trip to Israel, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to the Jewish state. Netanyahu’s visit to India is only the second one by an Israeli prime minister and comes after a gap of 15 years. Former prime minister Ariel Sharon visited India in 2003. Netanyahu will be visiting Delhi, Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai and will be accompanied by Modi on extensive portions of his visit, a press statement said.

Israel will be investing $68.6 million to boost cooperation with India in areas such as tourism, technology, agriculture and innovation over a period of four years. The commitment is in addition to the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund of USD 40 million over five years with equal contribution from both sides that has already been agreed between the two nations.

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  1. Vikram At
    Jan 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    israel treats muslims worse than thrash, was taught by history on itself, of u dont like someone, gas chamber it is.
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    1. Hitender Jha
      Jan 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm
      You are misled by some hoax articles. Muslims are even commanders in Israeli army.
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    2. Vikram At
      Jan 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm
      very nice to see just a kind handsake of 2 leaders of dynamic countries surrounded by cult followers is striking terror in there heart. all of india loves israel except islamic express readers. cheers to wonderful friendship hope so called make believe oppression carries on for next 10 centuries, can see depressed roaches flying in distress
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      1. Joji Cherian
        Jan 15, 2018 at 9:31 am
        "Germany shocked the world the world by purging the Jews.Racial pride at its highest.Some thing we in Hindustan must emulate"These are the words of Modi's guru.(We Our Nation Defined) Modi by embracing Netinyau has disowned his Guru. And Netinyahu by betraying the cause,the very reason, for the very existence of Israel. Two men united in hatred and cruelty
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        1. Parapuram Joseph
          Jan 15, 2018 at 11:57 am
          Rightly said, Joji Cherian Sir. When shall people of India recognize the truth? When on the subject and away from the theme, for publicity purpose, I invite you, Sir, to watch my video - Homage to Pandit Nehru by p g joseph - in . Sir, I shall also appreciate if you could mark your like/dislike on the video itself. Thank you, Sir.
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        2. יִםךטאַרןמןאט
          Jan 15, 2018 at 1:54 am
          Modi and his Bhakats are very keen to liberate Muslim women from oppression of Muslim men best exemplified by the Hijab and/or Burkha. I wonder if Modi would ask Benjamin Netanyahoo as to why most Jewish women wear a wig, which is a modern representation of Sheitel or a Chadoor. Or is it that the RSS only questions Muslims and not their own ancestors - the Jews.
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          1. Vikram At
            Jan 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm
            they wear wigs to distinguish themselves from dark age cult followers who think a pedo can be a poppat, problem is if they doubt its punishable with death.
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            1. Parapuram Joseph
              Jan 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm
              Hilarious comments. See the agreements! Seems, India wants a change from the clutches of bjp. Good. While on the subject, for publicity purpose, I invite you, Sir, to watch my video - Homage to Pandit Nehru by p g joseph - in (If I have not invited you earlier). Thank you.
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              1. Hitender Jha
                Jan 15, 2018 at 1:14 pm
                Majority is uneducated. 🤣🤣 and majority liking anti Israel and anti Hindu comments comes from converts. Comment from 'imperfect' is indeed fake. Even ultra orthodox Jewish women don't wear wig. They cover their head just like traditional Hindu women. There is no need to copy Arabs in India. It's about culture. If Arabs are continuing their culture in India, it is understandable, what looks stupid is that converts are faking and copying Arabs in India.
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              2. Hitender Jha
                Jan 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm
                Where did you see Jewish women wearing wig? What are you referring to? Why you are not telljng people that Jews and Arabs both are children of same father Abraham? The culture, food is similar. As your ID says imperfect with wrong spellings. (Khet sofi in middle of word). Fake ID and fake comment. Fooling people around. And why not, without understanding, all Muslims want yo hear anti Israel and anti BJP comments.
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              3. יִםךטאַרןמןאט
                Jan 15, 2018 at 1:42 am
                I wonder if Modi would dare to ask Benjamin Netanyahoo as to what is the difference between Kippah worn by Jewish men and Taqiyah worn by Muslim men.
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                1. Hitender Jha
                  Jan 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm
                  Who cares, both Jewish and Arabs are descendents of Abraham. Arabs were born through slave wife so they feel inferior. Jews were born through Sarah. God knows why arabs are fighting jews. It's their own blood and race. Kippa is to cover specific part of skull from sunlight. Same goes for Hindus where shikha was kept to protect same part of skull. Muslim skull cap is larger and covers whole head. End of day, intent is same. משוגעת ....
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