Modi in Israel Highlights: PM announces Delhi, Mumbai and Tel Aviv air route
India and Israel inked several agreements in the fields of technology, water and agriculture on Wednesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the cooperation marks a “marriage made in heaven” as he stood alongside PM Modi.
Earlier on Wednesday, Modi called on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who broke protocol and welcomed the Indian leader with a hug as he alighted from the car ahead of the meeting.
Here are live updates from PM Modi’s three-day visit to Israel:
12:05pm: PM Modi concludes his address to the Indian community in Israel.
12:03pm: Flight services between Delhi, Mumbai and Tel Aviv to be launched soon, says Modi
12:02pm: Indian government will soon set up Indian cultural centre in Israel: PM. “It will keep you connected to the Indian culture at all times.”
11:59pm: I came to know that Indians in Israel are facing many difficulties in getting OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) and PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) cards, PM says. “The relations which are bound by heart are not dependent on papers or cards. It is not possible that India will say deny OCI cards. I assure that those Indians who did compulsory army service will also get OCI cards.”
11:55pm: India and Israel can walk together in the field of technology, says PM Narendra Modi.
11:53pm: Making consistent efforts to double farmers’ income by 2022, policies being formulated: PM
11:50pm: PM says Make in India has become a brand now, taking everyone by surprise.
11:47pm: Women key to nation’s prosperity, says Modi.
11:45pm: More than 600 skill development institutes are being opened in India, says Modi.
11:40pm: With the aim of housing for all we have placed emphasis on the construction and the real estate sector: PM
11:36pm: “We have to take India to new heights by 2022... for that we have decided to make sure that every poor person has a house, electricity and water by 2022.” Modi says.
11:33pm: “I call the GST a good and simple tax,” Modi says. “With GST we are aiming towards the economic integration of India. We have introduced 100% FDI in key sectors, which will help our economy.”
11:32pm: The aim of my government is to reform, perform and transform: PM.
11:29pm: PM Modi pays homage to Israel’s former President and late politician Shimon Peres.
11:26pm: The Jews community from India has made valuable contributions in Israel’s progress, I am proud of them, PM says.
11:24pm: Mayors of various Israeli cities have also joined us today. Their love for India has drawn them here, I thank them, says Modi.
11:23pm: “The signature tune of Air India Radio has been composed by a Jew - he was the director of AIR in 1935,” Modi informs the Indians.
11:20pm: “There are very few Jews in India. Nevertheless, the community has enriched India with their contribution in various fields,” Modi adds.
11:18pm: Israel has shown that more than size, it is the spirit that matters: PM
11:15pm: Our ties with Israel are about mutual trust and friendship, says Modi.
11:12pm: “The one thing that touches the heart is Netanyahu’s love for Indian food,” says Modi. “I will always remember the hospitality shown by the Israeli PM yesterday when he hosted the dinner.”
11:11pm: “I want to confess that we are meeting after a long time. It has taken us 70 years to meet”, Modi to Indian diaspora.
11:09pm: Modi greets Indians at the Tel Aviv Convention Center in Hindi.
11:07pm: We are building future between our two democracies, its a partnership made in heaven but happening right now here: Israeli PM
11:06pm: We always remember that there is a human bridge between us, we admire you, respect you, love you: Israeli PM to Indian diaspora.
11:05pm:PM Modi and I have decided on a vast programme to take our partnership to new heights.
11:02pm: Netanyahu greets the Indian community by saying “Namaste.” “These are the Jews of India who love India and our friendship,” Netanyahu tells Modi.
10:55pm: Crowd at Tel Aviv Convention Center chants Modi’s name as he takes the stage.
10:00pm: Indian singer Sukhwinder Singh performs at Tel Aviv Convention Center.
9:00pm: Cultural programmes held at Tel Aviv Convention Center ahead of Modi’s community event address.
8:59pm: PM Modi visits Israeli Museum for Exhibition on Indian Jewish Heritage (ANI Photo)
7:50pm: Modi to soon address a community event with Indian diaspora in Israel.
7:12pm: Israeli Opposition leader Isaac Herzog meets PM Narendra Modi.
6:25pm: PM Netanyahu on Tuesday evening gifted Modi a photo depicting Indian soldiers leading a British military column to librate Jerusalem (December 11, 1917).
6:18pm: Modi and Netanyahu asserted that fight against terror won’t succeed if it is segmented, says foreign secretary.
6:12pm: You can visit India anytime,will give you and your family long term visa: PM Modi to Moshe.
6:08pm: “A fair amount of discussion took place on science and technology and space innovation. Higher education and R&D also came up. There are almost a 1,000 students in Israel - the largest number of foreign students in the country,” he adds.
6:07pm: Expansion of air linkages between the two countries and announcement of a cultural centre in Israel was made, the foreign secretary says.
6:06pm: “We discussed terrorism, counterterrorism. Israeli position on this issue is similar to India. They too feel strong action should be taken against terror acts,” Jaishankar says.
6:05pm: Modi meets Moshe’s Indian nanny Sandra Samuels, who managed to escape with him from the Nariman House which came under attack by Pakistan-based LeT terrorists, and his grandparents Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg.
6:02pm: “Dear Mr Modi, I love you and your people in India,” says Moshe Holtzberg.
6:00pm: “We have announced a strategic partnership in water and agriculture,” says India’s foreign secretary S Jaishakar.
5:50pm: Modi meets Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child who as a toddler survived the 2008 terror attack at a Jewish centre in Mumbai.
5:30pm: The two nations agree to put $4 million a year for five years into the Israel India Innovation Initiative Fund, or I4F.
5:26pm: “We also discussed the situation in West Asia and the wider region. It is India’s hope that peace, dialogue and restraint will prevail,” Modi says.
5:25pm: Modi invites Netanyahu and his wife to visit India.
5:24pm: India has suffered first-hand violence and threats from terror as has Israel. We have agreed to protect our strategic interests: Modi.
5:23pm: “PM Netanyahu and I agreed to do much more together to protect our strategic interests and also cooperate to fight growing radicalisation,” says Modi.
5:20pm: Have had productive discussions, not just on areas of bilateral opportunities but also how our cooperation can help the cause of global peace and stability, PM Modi says.
5:19pm: This visit is an occasion to regenerate the bonds of our friendship and to jointly venture towards new horizons, says Modi
5:18pm: Ours is a partnership to seek good, defend good and achieve good. This is indeed a good day, Netanyahu adds.
5:15pm: We are being challenged by forces of terror and we have agreed to cooperate in this area as well, Israel PM says.
5:10pm: We discussed about many fields where we think we can make a big difference like water and agriculture which will affect the lives of people, says Netanyahu.
5:10pm: The two countries sign seven agreements, including three on space cooperation.
5:05pm: India, Israel issue joint statement.
5:00pm: Demonstrators protest against India’s support for Israel outside the Indian consulate in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
4:45pm: “Both Israel and India have talent and we can join hands to fulfill our own interests and we can also do things for the world. This is what the big message is,” Israeli ambassador to India Daniel Carmon tells ANI.
3:55pm: Prime Minister Netanyahu called Modi’s visit groundbreaking and emphasised that he sees history in making in his talks with the Indian premier, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweets.
3:50pm: Modi holds talks with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
2:30pm: “The President of Israel welcomed me so warmly, he broke protocol. This is a mark of respect for the people of India,” says Modi.