Narendra Modi's Day 2 in Israel highlights: PM announces Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv air route

Narendra Modi's Day 2 in Israel highlights: PM announces Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv air route
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    Benjamin Netanyahu tweets on Tel Aviv event in Hindi

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    Modi invites Israelis to visit India

    "Both the countries know how to emerge from difficult situations. I have full faith that the country that treats guests like God will only inspire you to take great experience back home," says Modi.

    Modi also mentioned that a Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv air route will be started. "That's why I'm telling the youth to visit India more often," Modi adds.

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    Aware of difficulties faced by Indians in Israel: Modi

    "We have taken the decision to solve the issues with the law regarding OCI and PIO," says Modi in Tel Aviv.

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    Modi praises India's agricultural scene

    "The Indian farmer has the power to turn soil into gold. This year, there has been a record harvest in India. With monsoon, and the efforts of the authorities, this has been possible. The government is working to double the income of farmers by 2022," says Modi in Tel Aviv.

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    Modi talks about his government's achievements

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    Narendra Modi praises Jewish population in India

    "Wherever Jews have lived in India, they have lived respectfully. The Jews have not only contributed in our armed forces, but also in other fields. The Jews have done everything on their own merit," says Modi in Tel Aviv.

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    It took 70 years for us to meet: Modi

    "It took 70 years for us to meet. After Indian independence, an Indian prime minister is taking your blessing. On this occasion, Benjamin Netanyahu is here. After coming to Israel, the way he has been with me, the kind of respect he has given me, is the respect of the billions of people in India," Modi says in Tel Aviv.

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    India-Israel partnership made in heaven: Netanyahu

    "The young people of Inda, the young people of Israel. But there is something we want to achieve. Today the israeli go to India, they go backpacking. I want to see young Indians coming here backpacking. I don't want many, just equal proportion," says Netanyahu.

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    Netanyahu address the crowd in Tel Aviv

    "These are the jews of India. They love India, They love Israel. They love our friendship," says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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    'Israeli PM to bring 26/11 child survivor on India visit' 

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to bring along Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who survived the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, during his forthcoming visit to India, the boy's family claimed on Wednesday.

    "Netanyahu, who met Moshe along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, offered to ferry him in his aircraft when he visits India," Moshe's grandfather Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg told PTI over phone from Jerusalem.

    "During his meeting with Modi, Moshe told him that he wants to visit Mumbai and become the director of the Chabad House, where his parents were killed," Rosenberg claimed.

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    Narendra Modi at an exhibition on India-Jewish Heritage at Israeli museum in Jerusalem

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    India, Israel sign seven pacts 

    India and Israel on Wednesday elevated their ties to the strategic partnership level, vowing to do "much more together" to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism while pitching for strong action against those financing and providing sanctuaries to terror groups. Here's the full text of the joint statement issued by both the countries. 

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    Modi, Netanyahu discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace process 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and underlined the need for the establishment of a just and durable peace in the region that has been marred by years of conflict.

    "We also discussed the situation in West Asia and wider region. It is India's hope that peace, dialogue and restraint will prevail," Modi said. 

    The two leaders "reaffirmed their support for an early negotiated solution between the sides based on mutual recognition and security arrangements," as per the joint statement issued by the two sides. 

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    India, Israel agree to combat radicalisation and terror  

    India and Israel on Wednesday decided to scale up their relationship in the fight against terror, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the two countries have "agreed to do much more to protect our strategic interests" and to combat rising radicalisation and terrorism including in the cyber-space.

    On the second day of the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister, Modi, after discussions with host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sought to balance New Delhi's traditional ties with Israel's neighbours by saying India hoped that "peace, dialogue and restraint" will prevail in West Asia. 

    Besides concurrence on strategic issues, India and Israel signed seven agreements and MoUs in space, water management and conservation and agriculture cooperation. One accord provides for setting up of $40 million fund to be spent over five years for technological innovation. 

    IANS

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    American Jewish Committee says Modi's Israel visit will have 'long-lasting' impact

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    Modi visits the Israeli Museum for an exhibition on Indian Jewish heritage

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    Modi, Netanyahu vow to combat terrorism jointly as strategic partners

    India and Israel on Wednesday elevated their ties to the strategic partnership level, vowing to do "much more together" to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism while pitching for strong action against those financing and providing sanctuaries to terror groups. The issue of terror and "strategic threats" along with various other topics like cooperation in defence and security, water, agriculture, space and West Asia figured prominently in the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. After the wide-ranging talks, the two sides signed seven pacts covering areas like innovation, water conservation, agriculture and space.

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    Modi building 'living bridges of excellence', says MEA

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    PM Modi 'offers' Moshe Holtzberg long-term visa

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered Moshe Holtzberg, a survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, a long-term visa to India, reported CNN-News18. Moshe was just a two-year-old child when terrorists attacked Nariman House in Mumbai and killed his parents.

    PTI reported that Modi, in a special gesture, met Moshe, now 11, along his grandparents and Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who managed to escape with him from the Nariman House which came under attack by Pakistan-based LeT terrorists in 2008. "Come and stay in India and Mumbai. You are most welcome. You and your all family members will get long term visas. So you can come anytime and go anywhere," Modi told the boy during the meeting.

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    PM Modi with 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg

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    Modi meets three Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees from Israel

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    Modi and Netanyahu hope peace returns to West Asia

    Modi and Netanyahu on Wednesday expressed hope during the joint conference that peace, dialogue and restraint will bring about stability in West Asia that has been marred by years of conflict.

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    Here's a look at the bilateral trade between India and Israel


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue his two-day trip to Israel on Wednesday, with a packed schedule lined up ahead of him.

Modi will call on the Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin first at around 10.30 am (Israeli Standard Time). He will then hold discussions with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also hosting an executive lunch to welcome Modi between 11.30 am and 02.30 pm (Israeli Standard Time). Both the prime ministers will then jointly address a press conference following the bilateral discussions.

The two leaders had briefly met on Tuesday, on Modi's arrival. Both, India and Israel, had jointly called for resolutely opposing the menace of terrorism and defeating this global scourge.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu as they deliver joint statements during their meeting in Jerusalem 4 July, 2017. Reuters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu as they deliver joint statements during their meeting in Jerusalem 4 July, 2017. Reuters

Modi referred to his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum shortly after his arrival in Israel earlier on Tuesday and said the museum was "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, Modi said.

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

Stating that India-Israel ties have seen rapid growth since the establishment of full diplomatic relations, Modi said: "Common objectives of economic prosperity, strong technology and innovation ties and the need to secure our societies define the space for convergent action between us. Over coming decades, we want to frame a relationship that transforms the landscape of our economic engagement."

He said that focus on using technology and innovation to meet development priorities "provides productive scope to expand our academic, scientific and research, and business links".

"We also want to put in place a robust security partnership to respond to shared threats to our peace, stability and prosperity," he stated.

"I will work with Prime Minister Netenyahu to craft and build a clear action agenda to realise these objectives."

Referring to people-to-people links between the two countries, Modi said that Jews have thrived in India for thousands of years after the first of these people landed on India's south-western coastline.

"We are proud of jewish sons and daughters of India like Lt Gen JFR Jacob, Vice Admiral Benjamin Samson, master architect Joshua Benjamin, and film actors Nadira, Sulochana, and Pramila whose diverse contributions have greatly enriched the fabric of Indian society," he said.

"Indian Jews are a living and vibrant connect to this shared history. My visit to Israel celebrates this ancient bond between communities across both our nations."

India and Israel are sister democracies, face common challenge: Israel

On his part, Netanyahu said that India and Israel were "sister democracies" and faced the common challenge of terrorism.

Calling Modi as "friend Narendra", Netanyahu said that Israel believed in the "partnership of intelligence".

"India and Israel are sister democracies. We are unequal in size but equal in spirits," said Netanyahu.

"We also face common challenges and first of it is to defeat the forces of terror that's on rampage through the world and threaten both our countries. We must stand together in this battle. We have to defeat terrorism."

Netanyahu said both India and Israel shared "a bond of democracy, creativity, a deep respect for the past and a boundless optimism for future and it's in this spirit my friend Narendra, I welcome you here"

Speaking of his "great admiration" for people of India for talent and Prime Minister Modi for yoga, the Israeli Prime Minister also recalled Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

"We have great admiration for people of India. My late uncle who was a mathematician told me many times about his admiration for great Indian mathematician Ramanujan, who was perhaps the greatest mathematician in many centuries," said Netanyahu.

"This symbolises talents of people of India," he said.

He further added, "We believe in the partnership of talent. It won't happen over night, but we both want it to happen overnight."

With inputs from PTI


Published Date: Jul 06, 2017 12:10 am | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 01:29 am


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