Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

PM Narendra Modi and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu sign nine pacts

PM Narendra Modi and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu sign nine pacts

Netanyahu gave a wide-ranging interview with TV host Rahul Shivshankar on Indian news channel Times Now, where he described Israel's relationship with India as "very emotional and deeply signifying". "I was impressed when I visited Israel and looked at the agricultural practices and technology used there".

Netanyahu stressed on the increasing technological advancement in Israel that India's film industry can benefit from.

Responding to a comment by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US embassy move to Jerusalem will take up to a year, US President Donald Trump said that is not a realistic assessment. He urged Israeli and Indian entrepreneurs to focus on innovation.

Netanyahu visited a memorial for victims of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai and joined Moshe Holtzberg, 12, who lost his parents in the attack at Chabad House in Colaba, South Mumbai.

On February 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will land in Ramallah in what will be the first-ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Palestine. After meeting the business fraternity and the Jewish community in Mumbai, Netanyahu also met the who's who of Bollywood. Also, shared by Benjamin Netanyahu, that he is discussing the ways to strengthen the security cooperations against Islamist extremism that both India and Israel face. "This expresses a personal and national tie, an global link which is incredibly powerful. One of the most viral pictures took place at the Oscars where several celebrities took a selfie together", he said. "It warms the heart to see tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands, of people, including children, standing in the streets and applauding the State of Israel". There is a deep and abiding interest in Israel about India, its people, their culture, civilisation, and humanity.

Netanyahu landed at the airport in Mumbai on Wednesday night for the Mumbai leg of his six-day India visit.

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