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Benjamin Netanyahu in Mumbai Highlights: ‘World loves Bollywood, Israel loves Bollywood, I love Bollywood,’ says Israeli PM

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu met business leaders, addressed the India-Israel Business Summit,and paid tributes to the November 2008 terror attack victims. Here are the updates:

india Updated: Jan 18, 2018 22:44 IST
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Bollywood actors and directors take a selfie with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in Mumbai on Thursday.
Bollywood actors and directors take a selfie with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in Mumbai on Thursday.(ANI Photo.Twitter)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met top business leaders for breakfast on Thursday, and paid tributes to the November 2008 terror attack victims during his visit to Mumbai.

Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit at the iconic Taj hotel, and laid a wreath for the 26/11 terror attack victims. He later proceeded to Nariman House, where he met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka were killed during the attacks.

The Israeli Prime Minister met members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel, and attended the Shalom Bollywood event, in which people from the Indian film industry including megastar Amitabh Bachchan took part.

Here are the updates:

10:10 pm: Leading figures from Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai, Imtiaz Ali,Ronnie Screwvala, Sara Ali Khan seen with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the Shalom Bollywood event.

10: 05 pm:

10:00 pm: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala and Karan Johar greet Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

8:40pm: Members of the Raza Academy hold a sit-in protest against Netanyahu outside its office in Byculla in Mumbai, raise slogans against him.

8:30pm: Netanyahu meets representatives of the Hindi film industry at ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event: PTI.

5:45pm: Netanyahu announces plans to make Chabad House a “Living Memorial”. The proposed Living Memorial is likely to include rooms on the fifth floor of the building, where Moshe and his parents used to live, and a small terrace garden, while the fourth floor would be converted into a museum.

5:40pm: “Your (Moshe’s) parents showed love to the people and welcomed all to this house. They provided for every Jew a home. This is loving Israel but terrorists showed hatred towards Israel,” Netanyahu tells Moshe.

5:30pm: “The Chabad House is a unique blend of love and hatred towards the people of Israel. The nation of Israel is known for salvation,” says Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister thanks Moshe for hosting him and showing him his room in the Chabad House.

5:15pm:

3.35pm: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets 26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg at Nariman House.

3.17pm: Netanyahu lays wreath at the memorial to 26/11 terror attack victims at Taj Hotel in Mumbai.

3.15pm: Netanyahu arrives at Chabad House. Moshe and Israeli PM to inaugurate 26/11 memorial.

2.47pm: “Following the talks I had with my friend Prime Minister @NarendraModi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track. This is very important and there will be many more deals,” says Netanyahu.

2.45pm:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets that following his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India informed Israel that it was putting the deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. back on track.

1.46pm: Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon says Netanyahu, while interacting with leaders of the business community, suggested that they contemplate setting up R&D centres in Israel as many international players have already done.

1.30pm: Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posts quiz on India-Israel bilateral ties.

1.20pm: Countries like India and Israel if they come together I’m sure the fight against terrorism can be intensified and the world can win this fight: CM Fadnavis.

1.08pm: We are also signing an MoU for a huge water grid in Marathwada. We want to collaborate more with Israel for the welfare of our farmers: CM Fadnavis.

1.07pm: I’m sure in time to come, we will see many Israeli businesses mainly in technology and agriculture flourishing, collaborating and cooperating with Indian businesses: CM Fadnavis.

1.06pm: Maharashtra is the right place to forge alliance. I look forward to many more alliances between Maharashtra and Israel, says Fadnavis.

1.05pm: Maharashtra is a business leader in India. Maharashtra contributes most to national GDP, the state attracts majority FDI coming into India: CM Fadnavis at India Israel Business Summit.

1.02pm: “We acknowledge the role of the Jewish community in India’s journey of development. We are looking forward for more and more cooperation and engagement and wish to take this age old friendship to the next level”, says CM Fadnavis.

12.58pm: CM Fadnavis welcomes Netanyahu “on behalf of 120 million people of Maharashta”, says Mumbai is not only the financial capital of India but also the city of dreams.

12.56pm: We are trying to develop Israel with the changing times and for that we wish to collaborate with our old friend India : Netanyahu.

12.55pm: Indo-Israel partnership reaching unprecedented heights; This is the beginning of a wonderful friendship, and possibilities are boundless: Netanyahu.

12.50pm: India and Israel are democracies, share a love for freedom; we are a match made in heaven: Netanyahu at Business Summit in Mumbai.

12.45pm: CM Devendra Fadnavis meets Israeli PM Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon at the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai.

12.10pm: I also visited iCreate, an impressive hub where brilliant young minds come to solve problems. I was particularly impressed with a 14-year-old boy. This was slumdog millionaire. He produces drone which goes up the sky and identifies landmines, it’ll save lives: Netanyahu.

12.05pm: India knows the value of competition and the glory of competition. How many of you know who won the 1983 World Cup? If you were not in London, then you must be on streets honking when India defeated West Indies. That is competition, says Netanyahu.

12.01pm: Israel is an innovation nation, India is an innovation nation. The two innovation nations must come together to define the future: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu at India-Israel Business Summit.

11.30am: Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweets video on India-Israel diplomatic ties, says the “friendship continues to grow and reach new heights”.

11.24am: “So it is leaders. It is people. But I think the most important thing is to have it among business leaders and technological leaders and entrepreneurs like yourself. This is the cherry on the pie! What a cherry! I thought we will discuss the cherry,” says Netanyahu.

11.23am: “There is an instant chemical reaction of tremendous solidarity and identification and I see it in my Facebook followers. They haven’t changed the algorithm yet and I see it very very strongly. We see it when we walk the streets, the responses that we get here. And Indian citizens, when they come to Israel, they can see it. It is powerful,” says Israeli PM.

11.22am: On the partnership between Israel and India, Netanyahu says, “It is on the level first of a deep personal friendship between Prime Minister Modi and myself… In addition, there is a partnership of genuine sympathy between our people. And that is not obvious. Our two civilisations are very old and we have not met each other in real sense...”

11.20am: “Innovation doesn’t happen by itself. Some of it does. But it can be nurtured, it can be encouraged. It also can be discouraged. The job of governments like that of Prime Minister Modi and my own government is to facilitate your competitive advantages and ability to innovate,” says Netanyahu.

11.17am: “We in Israel are seizing the future, you in India are seizing the future. Together, you will get there a lot quicker and also get a lot further,” says Netanyahu.

11.15am: “It is very, very crucial today for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet up, because the future belongs to those who innovate,” Netanyahu tells business leaders.

10.45am: Future belongs to those who innovate; innovation doesn’t happen by itself, it has to be encouraged: Netanyahu tells business leaders.

10.40am: Business leaders present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej, Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar, reports PTI.

10.38am: “Our job is to encourage you to innovate. Partnership between India and Israel is doing wonders. I have a strong personal friendship with PM Modi,” says Israeli PM.

10.35am: Netanyahu meets Indian CEOs, says future belongs to those who innovate.

10.23am: The India Palestine Solidarity Forum along with 38 other groups to protest against Netanyahu’s visit to India at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan.

10.20am: Netanyahu and Devendra Fadnavis to attend the India-Israel Business Summit at 11.30 at Taj hotel.

9.15am: “Maharashtra looks forward to discussions and collaboration with @Israel for development in agriculture, sustainable irrigation and technologies for security !” says Fadnavis.

9.14am: “Tomorrow (Thursday), I will be joining Hon @netanyahu in Business Forum Meet in the morning and at wreath laying ceremony at 26/11 memorial in the afternoon,” tweets Maharashtra CM Fadnavis.

9.05am: There may be a one-on-one meeting between Fadnavis and Netanyahu after which the Maharashtra chief minister will be hosting a lunch for the Israeli premier and the visiting delegation, sources tell PTI.

9.01am: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend the India-Israel Business Summit at the Taj hotel, PTI reports quoting sources.

(With agency inputs)