Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently in Israel for a 3-day visit which will end today. On the 4th of July, PM Modi left for Israel on a bilateral trip to meet his dear friend, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and strengthen the relations between the two countries. PM Modi was personally welcomed by PM Netanyahu as he landed in Tel Aviv. Reportedly PM Netanyahu broke all protocol to personally receive PM Modi.
PM Netanyahu has been very vocal about his close friendship with PM Modi and he made the world a witness to this on many occasions. He took to Twitter more than once to express how excited he was about the leader of the world’s largest democracy and his dear friend coming to his country. In a sweet gesture, PM Netanyahu sported a broach on his suit while welcoming PM Modi which had miniature flags of both India and Israel.
The entire Cabinet of PM Netanyahu had assembled at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to welcome PM Modi. PM Netanyahu also hosted a private dinner at his residence for PM Modi, where he was warmly welcomed by the Israeli PM’s wife. She remarked that PM Netanyahu always speaks about PM Modi and was equally happy to have him in their country.
This visit has proved to be very fruitful for both the countries as they signed 7 agreements between them. The agreements were signed for cooperation on satellite technology, water and agriculture. A $40 million innovation fund has also been created. PM Modi also announced a direct Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv flight and also simplified rules for getting Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards.
PM Modi also met Moshe Holtzberg, an Israeli child who as a toddler survived the 2008 terror attack at a Jewish centre in Mumbai. Moshe read out a welcome note for PM Modi, saying “Dear Mr Modi, I love you”. PM Netanyahu said that both India and Israel are challenged by terrorist forces and this meeting with Moshe was an expression of their commitment to fight the bad and defend the good.
PM Modi also addressed Indians from Israel at the Tel Aviv Convention Center. Nearly 5000 people attended the event. As usual PM Modi was welcomed with loud cheers and he gave a remarkable speech. He also spoke about Pakistan and the contribution of Lieutenant General Jacob and how he led the surrender of 90,000 Pakistani soldiers. Watch what he said in the video below, after which the crowd roared.