Israel to expand ties with Modi govt, offers help in Ganga clean-up

Israeli Ambassador Ushpiz expressed hope that political interactions between the two countries would reach new heights in the coming months.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 13, 2014 4:53 am
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Expressing confidence that the relations between the two countries would go even further with a new government in New Delhi, Israel has said that the partnership needs to extend beyond defence and agriculture to public security and civilian trade.

The outgoing Israeli Ambassador to India, Alon Ushpiz, also pledged Tel Aviv’s support and technology for the new government’s plan to clean up the Ganga river, explaining that his nation has some of the best water technologies in the world.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Ushpiz said the India-Israel trajectory is very positive and relations are an evolution process in which “every new layer is built on the previous one”.

“My expectation from the government is that together we shall be able to to take all the things we have being doing in the last 10 years further.

There are things we are very good at, like defence and agriculture, but there are also others like civilian trade and water (where more can be done) and then there are things we are at the beginning of, like public security,” said Ushpiz.

He said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 16, after the election results, and congratulated him in a “brief but good conversation”. He also said Tel Aviv is looking forward to hosting Modi as a state guest. “We will be very happy to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time, but his first as a PM,” he said.

Ushpiz expressed hope that political interactions between the two countries would reach new heights in the coming months. “We hope to take advantage of the next couple to years to push diplomatic relations forward as one basket and another basket being political interactions. The high level political interactions will be increasing in the coming months,” he said.

Ushpiz described the defence partnership between the two countries as “very serious and very unique”. “There is a lot of appreciation of Indian (defence) professionals. We have a partnership, which means it is a two-way street, something which is very far away from a buying and selling relation,” he said, defining the tipping point in the relation as “when two intimate partners who trust each other and start thinking of challenges together and solutions together and what follows together”.

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    Sunny
    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm
    Ganga is not just a river for we Hindus, if don't know the importance, pls don't make such foolish statements in public. Israel is always a gd friend of us & can rely on, not like any Islamic nations.
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    Ashish Jain
    Jun 13, 2014 at 5:17 am
    Love You Israel!!!
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    think clearly
    Jul 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm
    No sir. Your name being Jagdish Jain is an even bigger joke. Cos every single jain knows the importance of a river.g back to names u know why even ic things need a name.....and Ive ready put it as the 6th word of my opinion....
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    think clearly
    Jul 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm
    Was your name Harry derived from Harry Potter?
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    Gaurav Kumar
    Jun 13, 2014 at 3:55 am
    India should do business with Israel but we should make our stand clear on Arab-Israeli conflict given India's energy dependence on Arab world and at the same time we should also look to diversify our energy sources.
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    nikhil goyal
    Jul 14, 2014 at 11:01 am
    @liberal it seems like lack of sense of humor in you buddy.. dont you know how water effects humans..its necessity of life.. we want to save ganga for not only as a sign of culture but also mainly for come out situation of lack of water at many places.. many place ganga has become the source of disease because of its dirt..thats why we want to clean it.. may you get it now
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    liberal
    Jul 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm
    there are hundreds of millions of people starving in your country and you waste money on cleaning up some river .Hindus are d*mb
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    liberal
    Jul 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm
    there are hundreds of millions of people starving in your country and you waste money on cleaning up some river .Hindus are dumb
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