Prime Minister arrives in Israel on historic visit

05 July, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Amid Growing Ties, India's Prime Minister Modi to Embark on Historic Visit to Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted Mr Modi at Israel's worldwide airport and will accompany the Indian leader throughout the three-day visit.

Mr. Netanyahu said, he has been inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's enthusiasm for Yoga and cited yogic asanas to link the two flourishing democracies of the world. Sources said that Netanyahu seemed to be as excited as Doval for Modi's red carpet welcome to the Jewish country. Acknowledging Modi's love for acronyms, Bibi delivered one of his own: "I-square-plus-T-square - India and Israel plus Israeli technology and Indian talent, is India-Israel ties for tomorrow".

The Israeli Prime Minister said, the two countries must stand together to fight the menace of terrorism.

The airport pickup signifies the considerable elevation at which Indian-Israeli relations have been lifted to.

"As such, we must resolutely oppose the evils of terrorism, radicalism and violence that plague our time".

Talking to Hindustan Times after the ceremonial welcome, Micheal Oren, deputy minister in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, said with India and the USA as friends of Israel, a close trilateral relationship would be the future. "Your heroes are an inspiration for the younger generations", Modi said.

In our path of sustained high growth, and all around development, India counts Israel among its important partners, the Prime Minister said.


Indian Jews are a living and vibrant connect to this shared history, he said, adding his visit to Israel celebrates this ancient bond between communities across both the nations. "It is so natural that we can ask what took so long for them to blossom".

"In the last few years the world has seen the India Israel relationship come out from the perception of just Defense related activities to showcasing a fantastic connection in agricultural, educational, entrepreneurial & cultural cooperation". "At the Danziger Flower Farm, advanced agriculture technologies were showcased by the Israeli Government", Office of the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

Modi inspects a guard of honour. They will also have the chance to discuss major common challenges like terrorism.

Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg were killed by terrorists at Nariman House during the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

Modi will also pay his respects to the courageous Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the liberation of Haifa in 1918.

The two leaders then travelled to the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem, where Modi paid tribute to the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazi regime, before a meeting over dinner. The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully.

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