Both Israel and India have agreed to cooperate in fight against terrorism, according to a joint statement issued by the prime ministers of both the countries on Wednesday. Addressing the join press conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a on a three-day visit to Israel, thanked his counterpart for the warm words of welcome and invited him to India. Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel. The Prime Minister will leave for Germany from Israel on Thursday to attend the 12th edition of G20 summit there.
PM Modi in Israel LIVE updates:
12.01 am: Toda rabba, says PM Narendra Modi while concluding his speech along with expressing his gratitude towards Benjamin Netanyahu.
11.57 pm: “To improve cultural ties between the two nations, Indian government will start an Indian Cultural Centre in Israel,” Modi announced.
11.53 pm: “We have decided to solve the issues with the law regarding OCI and PIO cards,” he said. “Indians who have served in the Compulsory Army Service will also get OCI card from now on. We are also starting airline routes between Delhi, Mumbai and Tel Aviv,” Modi said amid cheers.
11.50 pm: PM Modi talks about farmers of our country. “More than 8 crore farmers have been given soil health cards,” he said. The PM also said that the government has started initiatives to help farmers. “We are making consistent efforts to double farmers’ income by 2022, policies being formulated.”
11.47 pm: “Reform doesnt mean bringing new laws,” says Modi while adding that the NDA government has scrapped off 1, 200 laws in the past three years. “We are working in the direction towards ending 4o more obsolete laws.”
11.35 pm: “Have to fulfill dream of own house, water, electricity for poor households in India by 2022,” PM Modi said. “With the aim of ‘housing for all’ we have placed emphasis on the construction and the real estate sector.”
11.30 pm: While adding that through GST India was aiming towards ‘economic integration,’ Modi also talks about FDI boosting the economy. “We have introduced 100 per cent FDI in key sectors, which will help our economy,” he says.
11.26 pm: PM Modi talks about Goods and Services Tax and says the “one nation, one tax, one marke” dream has been fulfilled after a decade. “I call GST ‘Good and Simple Tax because people now have to pay just one kind of tax for one thing,” Modi says. “The aim of my Government is reform, perform and transform.”
11.23 pm: PM Modi pays his tribute to Israeli leader Shimon Peres. “I was lucky to meet him,” says Modi calling Peres a statesman and innovator. He also praises IDF for providing innovative solutions.
11.20 pm: “Mayors of various Israeli cities have also joined us today. Their love for India has drawn them here, I thank them,” says PM Modi.
11.17 pm: PM Modi also said that Israel had shown that spirit matters more than size.
11.14 pm: “There is a slice of history in the city of Haifa in Israel that is very dear to my country. This is the final resting place for forty-four of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War 1 to liberate that city. Tomorrow, I will travel to Haifa to pay homage to our brave Indian soldiers,” he said.
11.12 pm: The Indian PM also praises the Jewish community saying it has “enriched India with their contribution in various fields.” “Our ties with Israel are about mutual trust and friendship,” says Modi.
11.10 pm: Our ties with Israel are about mutual trust and friendship, says PM Modi.
11.08 pm: I begin with a confession here that we are meeting after a long time, took 70 years to come here: PM Narendra Modi
11.00 pm: PM Modi addresses the Indian diaspora at Tel Aviv Convention Centre after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the “partnership” between India and Israel is “made in heaven but happening right now here.”
7:21 pm: Isaac Herzog, Opposition leader meets PM Modi in Jerusalem
6:10 pm Two societies who consider themselves cradles of civilization have found a more contemporary basis for their relationship: S Jaishankar
6:05 pm: There was a broad agreement that the fight against terrorism won’t work if it’s very segmented & translated into narrow agendas: S Jaishankar
6:00 pm India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar address media after joint statement by Modi and Netenyahu.
5:54 pm: “You can visit India anytime,will give you & your family long term visa”, says PM Modi to Moshe, 11-yr-old survivor of 26/11 attacks.
5:52 pm: Dear Mr Modi, I love you and your people in India says Moshe Holtzberg , now 11-year-old survivor of the 26/11 attacks
5:50 pm: PM Modi meets Moshe Holtzberg, a Eleven year old child who lost his parent in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Moshe who was a toddler then, narrowly escaped death during the terror attack on Mumbai.
5:22 pm: “Sure rest of my stay would be equally exciting. Let me take this opportunity to invite you and your family to India”, says PM Narendra Modi.
5:21 pm: “Israel is among the leading nations in the field of innovation,water and agriculture. India has suffered first hand the violence and hatred spread by terror, so has Israel. PM and I agreed to do much more together to protect our strategic interests and also cooperate to fight growing radicalization”, says PM Modi.
5:20 pm: “Prime Minister and I have had productive discussions covering an extensive menu of issues, Our belief in democratic values and economic progress has been a shared pursuit. Our goal is to build a relationship that reflects our shared priorities and draws on enduring bonds between our peoples’, says PM Modi.
5:20 pm: Netenyahu talks about terror threat to India and Israel- “We are being challenged by forces of terror. We have agreed to cooperate in this area.”
5:19 pm: This is a deeply moving moment for me, we are making history, says Benjamin Netenyahu. “We are being challenged by forces of terror. We have agreed to cooperate in this area. This is a marriage made in heaven but we are implementing it here on earth.”
5:16 pm: India-Israel sign seven agreements including MoU for water conservation in India,Plan of cooperation regarding cooperation in Atomic Clocks.
5:00 pm: PM Modi meets President of Israel Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem
1:45 pm: Gopal Baglay, official spokesperson of MEA tweets, “President Rivlin recalls his visit to India in Nov ’16 and seeing a strong nation with strong ideas and clear goals and tasks. PM thanks Prez Rivlin for going out of way to receive him at alighting point, terms it a mark of honour for 1.25 bn people of India. PM recalls his visit as CM in ’06 whn he visited the house of 1st PM of Israel Ben Gurion whose bed room had picture of Mahatma Gandhi. PM recalls that Prez Rivlin’s phrase ‘Make with India’ is echoed in Israel and has percolates to all levels.”
1:30 pm: I can never forget my visit to India, it was a memorable visit, says Israeli President while addressing the media. PM Modi says Israel is ‘Is-a-real’ friend. “I for I. Which means India for Israel and Israel with India,” he adds.
1:25 pm: The President of Israel welcomed me so warmly, he broke protocol. This is a mark of respect for the people of India: PM Narendra Modi tweets
1:15 pm: PM Narendra Modi called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday.
11:30 am: Israeli dailies on Wednesday did an exhaustive coverage of Modi’s visit. While almost all the dailies carried out a front page story about his visit, there were number of analytical pieces, op-eds, etc written. To read more about how Israeli newspapers covered PM Modi’s visit on Tuesday, Click Here
10:30 am: On Tuesday, PM Modi and Netanyahu made an unscheduled visit to Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem to pay respect to the modern zionism founder. Here are highlights from first day of PM’s visit to Israel. Click Here
9:00 am: On first day of his visit, PM Modi raised the issue of terrorism after visiting the holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem. “Yad Vashem is a reminder of the unspeakable evil inflicted generations ago. It is also a tribute to your unbreakable spirit… to rise above the depths of tragedy, overcome hatred and forge ahead to build a vibrant democratic nation. Yad Vashem tells us that those who believe in humanity and civilised values must come together and defend it at all costs. As such, we must resolutely oppose the evils of terrorism, radicalism and violence that plague our time,” he said. Click here to read full story
8:00 am: PM Modi will meet Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on second day of his visit.