Narendra Modi in Israel LIVE updates: It took many years for this visit to happen, PM Modi tells Indian diaspora

PM Narendra Modi in Israel: The prime minister is also expected to visit Haifa Indian cemetery to pay homage to Indian soldiers who died during the liberation of Haifa in 1918. He will also address Indian community at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2017 12:20 am
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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.

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. (Photo: PIB)

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.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 6, 2017 at 11:21 am
    The visit of PM Modi to Israel on 5 July 2017 has been described as first , historic becoming India's policy shift after independence. This is in line with this Vedic astrology writer's predictions which had said that April to July in 2017 would present certain opportunities and realisation of those opportunities as well of great national significance. These predictions in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February- March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media last year in October- November 2016. It is a matter of record that major achievements of national significance in Russia , Germany , US and Israel have come during April to July 2017, bringing this writer's predictions to spot.
    1. S
      Jul 6, 2017 at 1:04 am
      We support Modi (as an elected leader in a democracy) yet will make sure while all are welcome (including the Jews) in India the Jews can not make a fool of this naive leader. India is the ancient Aryan nation and will never let anyone influence us including these Semites. We follow Maharana Pratap and Mahatma Gandhi thus are invincible. We in India will never ignore the cause of Palestinians and let no one spoil our relations with our Russian brothers, who along with Mr. Putin are the most loyal country on this planet along with India.
      1. Bert Brech
        Jul 6, 2017 at 1:39 am
        Get back into your lunatic asylum.
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          amit gujrati
          Jul 6, 2017 at 6:35 am
          Very good senseless comment.Our respected Prime Minister has a very sound knowledge of world affairs. He is also very fond of using the expression " first time in 70 years" He must be aware as to when Israel got membership of UNO.I am a great admirer of Modi Jis guts. He is perhaps record holder in hugging so many head of states in a short spell of just three years. No body in the world will be able to come near this record.We are proud of our record holder Prime Minister
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          Manjul K. Mundkar
          Jul 6, 2017 at 4:32 am
          You are correct. Do trade with Israel they have some good (if not best) U.S. technology yet never ignore the Palestinian cause. This is the spirit of moral India. Let us liquidate the Islamic terrorists yet not get used against the Muslims and Christians. We believe all religions must be respected. Thus a balance is a must the Jews must note this is India and the USA where they can do what they like. We welcome all including the Jews but we have no special status for any one.
        3. K
          Jul 6, 2017 at 12:20 am
          Modi should be awarded Nobel Prize for peace and Einstein Prize for advancing science with Israeli intelligence(Mossad). Hope he is able to bear the weight of both. Soon R AW will be totally dismantled and replaced by Mossad. Then Brahmins can apply directly to Mossad for global intelligence gathering, (since they don't have intelligence, they have to gather from the world)
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            Jagdish Jha
            Jul 6, 2017 at 12:08 am
            Einstein is liked by the Jews and not Newton. Einstein was a od scientist not the greatest. Modi has done well to go to Israel but as simple-headed tea sman he must never drop his guard and keep the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi by also not ignore the cause of the Palestinian. After all they are Semites and cousins of Modi's beloved Jewish people. The Jews are now targeting illeterate or semi-educated people in India to build their influence. The often dark Pakistani Punjabi who is money-mindedlike the Jews is also dfestroyed.
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              Prof. N. Nagchoudhury
              Jul 5, 2017 at 11:26 pm
              Modi (we back him only because he is an elected leader) is not too well educated and a novice in the global arena. Going to Israel is fine but in a just manner India must push for a Palestinian state. Also Modi must note that the tiny state of Israel is a U.S. dependency. Though some U.S. based technology for our needs can be procured from Israel it is well known the latter does not get the top most technology from the USA. The U.S. Jews prop up Israel and Modi is being made into Newton by the U.S. Jewish lobby. But all know the reality. Let us work with the Jews but also not let them in. No secret the Jain Cammision h as pointed figures at Mossad for killing Rajiv Gandhi. It should be taken into account that in any case if Rajiv Gandhi is out it is still not possible to go deep into India by some people. Note the Jews or their supporters will label me as a Christian, Muslim or Commie I am neither.
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                amit gujrati
                Jul 6, 2017 at 6:45 am
                Few months back " The Economist" had given an observation that our beloved Prime Minister is" a compulsive hugger and hand shaker" It is strange that no Indian has commented against such a nasty observation .Every Indian must condemn such sinful comments
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