Benjamin Netanyahu in Mumbai updates: Israel PM calls Narendra Modi 'great patriot'

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Mumbai from Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a two-day visit

FP Staff January 18, 2018 20:49:32 IST
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Benjamin Netanyahu in Mumbai updates: Israel PM calls Narendra Modi 'great patriot'


16:17 (ist)

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.

14:43 (ist)

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

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, a survivor of the 26/11 attack and unveiled the plans for the living memorial at Chabad House.

Earlier, he had a 'power breakfast' with Indian business leaders at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. Netanyahu arrived in Mumbai from Ahmedabad on Wednesday for a two-day visit, officials said.

The Jewish community will also mark Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Mumbai visit with the launch of Namaste Shalom, a regular monthly magazine on bilateral relations between the two friendly nations.

He was received at the airport by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and senior officials.

On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a packed schedule. He will interact with the best of both the worlds Mumbai has to offer - business and glamour.

Benjamin Netanyahu in Mumbai updates Israel PM calls Narendra Modi great patriot

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an interaction with Indian CEOs at a 'power breakfast' meet in Mumbai. PTI

His official day will start with a power-breakfast with top Indian CEOs and head honchos plus attending a business forum of Israeli and Indian business persons.

This will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace opposite the Gateway of India and a visit to the Chabad House in Nariman House, in nearby Colaba - both in south Mumbai.

Both these places — the heritage hotel and the once nondescript Nariman House — were the targets of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack by 10 Pakistani gunmen who sneaked in from the Arabian Sea.

Netanyahu is expected to declare the Chabad House as a Living Memorial in which the orphaned toddler Moshe Holtzberg, now an 11-year-old boy, was saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel from the terrorist mayhem.

However, his young parents Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka lost their lives along with seven others in the attack, after which little Moshe and Samuel were taken to Israel.

Later, he will attend a gathering with the members of the small but prosperous Jewish community living in different parts of Mumbai.

The evening is reserved for a gala glamour-filled engagement with Bollywood personalities, his final engagement before returning home on Friday morning.

With inputs from IANS

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