Benjamin Netanyahu in India updates: Israeli PM calls India 'world power,' says he is excited about historic week

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive in New Delhi on Sunday on a six-day visit during which both the strategic partners will aim to further expand ties on a range of key areas including defence and trade besides deliberating on Israel-Palestine relationship.

FP Staff January 14, 2018 19:32:00 IST
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Benjamin Netanyahu in India updates: Israeli PM calls India 'world power,' says he is excited about historic week


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Netanyahu, Moshe unveil plans for 26/11 'living memorial' at Chabad House

According to, 26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzbeg and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the plans for the living memorial on Thursday. Netanyahu also unveiled a plaque in the memory of Moshe’s parents, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg. This was followed by Moshe's two grandmothers lighting an “eternal flame” in remembrance of the victims. 

10:54 (ist)

Muslim organisations protest against Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Mumbai

On Wednesday, Muslim organisations held protests in the city against the Israeli prime minister's visit, reported The Indian Express. “Several Muslim children have died in Jerusalem. They (Israel) are a threat to Muslims across the world. Our protest is against India forging such ties with Israel,” Mohammed Rizvi, general secretary of the Raza Academy told The Indian Express

13:12 (ist)

Thousands burn Netanyahu's effigy in Kargil, can't tolerate a 'war-criminal like Netanyahu'

As Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday, thousands of people marched in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir to protest Israeli prime minister's visit to India. According to Greater Kashmirthe protest was organised by Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust (IKMT). The protesters raised slogans against Modi and expressed their support for the Palestinians. Speaking to protesters at Laal Chowk Kargil, Chairman Guardian Council IKMT Kargil said the land of Mahatama Gandhi can't tolerate “war-criminal like Netanyahu”.

12:48 (ist)

Israel's media calls India-Israel ties an 'open marriage' 

Referring to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments on Sunday that India-Israel relations were a "match made in heaven", Israeli publication Haaretz wrote in a piece saying that for the arms trade, and public relations, it is a match made in heaven. "But as Modi won't betray the Palestinians or renounce the Iranians, it resembles more an open marriage," the opinion piece read. 

11:12 (ist)

Reasons for India's change in attitude towards Israel: From Israeli media's point of view

According to an editorial in Jerusalem Post, India change in its behaviour towards Israel is due to Jerusalem's standing in the West Asia. As per the article, Indian leaders were previosuly wary of publicly supporting Israel out of fear of hurting Muslim sentiments in India. It also says that this changed when the Palestinian ambassador recently hugged LeT chief and 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan. "New Delhi has also realized that its efforts for decades to curry favor with Arab states by taking anti-Israel positions in UN votes have not paid off. [...] There was nothing new about this behavior on the part of the Palestinians and Arabs. Despite India’s willingness to support Arab-backed votes in the UN on a variety of issues, Arab and Muslim states are reluctant to reciprocate," the editorial read.  

09:56 (ist)

Benjamin Netanyahu: "I wake up in the morning and when I look to the east, the first democracy I see is India."

In an interview with India Today, Netanyahu said, "I don't do Yoga but I wake up in the morning and when I look to the east, the first democracy I see is India and when Mr. Modi wakes up in the morning and does his Yoga and looks left, the first democracy he sees is Israel. This is a grand partnership."

09:44 (ist)

RECAP: Teen Murti Chowk in New Delhi renamed after Israeli city Haifa

Narendra Modi and his Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday attended a ceremony at the Teen Murti Memorial in New Delhi to mark the renaming of Teen Murti Chowk as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.

The two leaders also laid a wreath and signed the visitor's book at the memorial.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

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Some more information about the Battle of Haifa

There are various accounts of this battle — all narrate the valour with which the lancers undertook the assault on the garrisoned city protected by a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and Austria-Hungary. The liberation of Haifa cleared a supply route for the Allies to the city through the sea.

Forty-four Indian soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice during the liberation of the city in World War I. Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates September 23 as its Raising Day or "Haifa Day."


Jan 18, 2018 - 20:06 (IST)

Benjamin Netanyahu set to meet Bollywood celebrity Amitabh Bachchan, reports India Today

Jan 18, 2018 - 19:53 (IST)

Benjamin Netanyahu says intelligence sharing key to deal with terrorism

Jan 18, 2018 - 19:50 (IST)

Visuals from Benjamin Netanyahu's meet with Jewish community leaders in India

Jan 18, 2018 - 19:37 (IST)

Benjamin Netanyahu calls Narendra Modi 'great patriot of India'

Speaking to Times Now, Israeli prime minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "a great patriot of India" and that he does "what is good for India."

"When he thinks about increasing vegetable production, enhancing indian security against terrorism, catapulting young Indians into future with technological know-how, I think he's thinking about what is good for India. I think he is right," said Netanyahu

Jan 18, 2018 - 19:29 (IST)

India-Israel partnership is of civilisations, of two democracies: Netanyahu

"This kind of cooperation that we have, with technology on one side and agriculture on the other is so good for every aspect of life. for water, for agricultre, for security. This has statutory benefits," Benjamin Netanyahu told Times Now.

Netanyahu further added that despite their being markets, and other aspects, he saw the partnership differently. "I see it (India-Israel relations) as a partnership of civilisations, a partnership of two democracies," he said,

Jan 18, 2018 - 19:23 (IST)

Watch: India-Israel partnership is real, says Netanyahu

Speaking to Times Now on his visit to Center of Excellence for Vegetables in Gujarat, Benjamin Netanyahu said that he interacted with farmers who had had their incomes multiply because of the center. "This is tremendous. If we can have that multiplied through half of India, it means we've raised the living standards for a massive number of Indians. I mean, this partnership is real," he said.

Jan 18, 2018 - 19:14 (IST)

India has right to defend soil, Benjamin Netanyahu tells Times Now

Jan 18, 2018 - 19:01 (IST)

Israel's ambassador to India thanks Devendra Fadnavis for hosting Benjamin Netanyahu

Jan 18, 2018 - 18:53 (IST)

Visuals from Netanyahu's interaction with Jewish community in India

Jan 18, 2018 - 18:38 (IST)

Visuals from Devendra Fadnavis and Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to 26/11 memorial at Taj Hotel

Latest updates: Writing in the visitor's diary at the Teen Murti memorial, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the renaming of the road to honour the Battle of Haifa is a historic occasion. Benjamin Netanyahu is all set to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave shortly. Meanwhile, the Israel prime minister took to Twitter to thank Modi for the warm welcome.

Earlier in the day, Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu reached Teen Murti chowk, laid a wreath at the memorial and signed the visitor's book. The road will now be renamed as Teen Murti Haifa chowk.

The three bronze statues at Teen Murti represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

The brigade carried out the victorious assault on the fortified city of Haifa on 23 September, 1918, during World War I.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the protocol to personally welcome Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Delhi airport. After the ceremonial welcome, both leaders have left for the Teen Murti chowk, which will be renamed Teen Murti Haifa chowk.

Keen to strengthen bilateral relations "even more", Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday left for India on a six-day visit along with the largest business delegation that has ever accompanied an Israeli premier on an overseas tour.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Netanyahu will hold talks on Monday covering entire expanse of the ties and explore new areas of cooperation to further deepen the "very very special relationship", the external affairs ministry said.

Joint Secretary (West Asia-North Africa division) in the ministry B Bala Bhaskar said the Palestinian issue is likely to figure in the talks between the two prime ministers besides other key issues of mutual importance.

India last month had joined 127 other countries to vote in the United Nations General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US president Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"Our policy is not influenced by any third country... our policy is independent," he said when asked about India's position on the sensitive issue.

The Israeli prime minister will travel to Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Agra also.

"This is a very very special relationship... We want to take it to higher level," said Bhaskar.

Benjamin Netanyahu in India updates Israeli PM calls India world power says he is excited about historic week

Benjamin Netanyahu and Narendra Modi hug each other at Delhi airport. Twitter@NarendraModi

Modi had visited the Jewish state in July last year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

Asked whether purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles Z$I*(ATGMs) from Israel through the government-to-government (G-to-G) route will be discussed during Netanyahu's visit, Bhaskar refused to give a direct reply.

In November, the defence ministry had decided to retract the process to acquire a batch of Spike missiles from Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. Now, it is learnt that the government is considering buying the missiles through G-to-G route.

Bhaskar said both the countries have long-standing defence ties and new areas of cooperation are being explored.

He said aim will be to further boost cooperation in a range of sectors including water, agriculture, scientific research and education.

Ahead of the visit, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon said, "The Prime Minister's visit to India is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of growing partnership between India and Israel."

He said the visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between the two countries.

On 15 January, Netanyahu will meet with the Indo-Israeli CEO forum in New Delhi and address a separate business event. He will deliver a speech at the Raisina Dialogue on 16 January.

Netanyahu will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind.

He will leave for Ahmedabad on the morning of 17 January. In Ahmedabad, he will visit Sabarmati Ashram. Modi and he will also visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

The Israeli prime minister will have a number of engagements in Mumbai on 18 January. The Israeli embassy here said Netanyahu will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community in Mumbai.

It said he will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

Asked whether Baby Moshe, the Israeli child who lost his parents in the 2008 terror attack on a Jewish centre in Mumbai, will be part of Netanyahu's delegation or whether Moshe will attend Jewish community event, Bhaskar said finer details of the Israeli PM's visit were still being worked out.


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