Live updates: PM Modi leaves for Germany, thanking Israeli PM for hospitality
Prime Minister Modi left for Israel this morning. Modi's long-awaited visit to Israel comes amid high expectations as this is the first time an Indian prime minister will be visiting the West Asian country.
India and Israel have been co-operating in a number of areas in recent years, PM Modi is set to discuss several subjects with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with special focus on cyber security, IT, startups and water management techniques.
India's prime minister is also expected to strengthen defence ties with Israel with India hoping to clinch major defence deals. Drone acquisition will be high on New Delhi's agenda when PM Modi meets with heads of Israeli defence companies.
PM Modi is expected to address Indians at Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on Wednesday evening which will be keenly watched by experts in both countries.
The Indian prime minister will also pay homage to Indian soldiers at the Haifa Indian Cemetery that contains the graves of 49 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War.
"Aapka swagat hai mere dost," Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu says to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
"We love India, admire your culture, history, democracy and commitment to progress," says Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
"I am confident of the real mathematics of life, of success of our partnership for many reasons; talent of our people": Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
"We can do even better together, welcome to Israel my friend PM Modi": Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
"It is my singular honour to be the first ever PM of India to undertake this groundbreaking visit to Israel," says Indian Prime Minister Modi on landing in Israel
Prime Minister Modi is dressed in the colours of the Israeli flag, he is wearing a white bandhgala and a blue pocket square
"I am keen to interact with Indian diaspora in Israel, including large number of Jews of Indian origin": Indian PM Narendra Modi
Modi in his welcome address mentions the raid on Entebbe in which Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu lost his brother
Today is July 4, exactly 41 years since Operation Entebbe when your PM and my friend Bibi lost his brother while rescuing hostage: PM Modi
Alongside building a partnership for shared economic prosperity, we are also cooperating to secure our societies: PM Modi
We are cooperating to secure our societies against common threats such as terrorism: PM Modi
A progressive partnership in all these areas would shape the scope of my conversation with my friend PM Benjamin Netanyahu: PM Modi
India counts Israel among its most important partners: PM Modi
Formula for success simple, it's I-squared & T-squared which equals Indian talent & Israeli technology equals India-Israel ties for tomorrow: Israeli PM
PM Modi due to meet 4,000 Jews of Indian origins.
The Indian Prime Minister will stay in the same luxury suite in King David Hotel that US President Donald Trump stayed in during his visit.
PM Modi to visit Yad Vashem, a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust???, shortly
Modi will not be visiting the Palestinian city of Ramallah, indicating that India is no longer hyphenating its Israel relationship with Palestine
Indian-Israeli chef Rina Pushkarna hired to rustle up vegetarian dishes for PM Modi. No poultry or meat on menu, just fish, and vegetarian dishes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the grave of Benjamin Ze'ev Herzl in Jerusalem. Herzl was one of the founders of modern political Zionism.
We believe we can together do great things for betterment of future of our people: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during press statement
We believe we can together do great things for betterment of future of our people: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during press statement pic.twitter.com/5khB4Ip5vO— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2017
We also face common challenges, first of it is to defeat forces of terror. Need to stand and work together: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
We also face common challenges, first of it is to defeat forces of terror. Need to stand and work together: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu pic.twitter.com/StgiyyYAoO— ANI (@ANI_news) July 4, 2017
Most grateful to their warm and generous hospitality: PM Modi to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu during press statement
Indian Jews are a living and vibrant connect to this shared history: PM Modi during press statement
We want to frame our relationship that transforms the landscape of our economic engagement: PM Modi during press statement
We want to put in place a robust security partnership to respond to shared threats to our peace, stability and prosperity: Modi
PM Modi met Israel's President Revlin today. PM Modi said he was overwhelmed by the warm welcome and love he has received in Israel.
"Yaha aake bohot apnapan mila aur mere sava sau crore desh vasiyo ke liye jo apne prem dikhaya uske liye dhanyavaad," Modi said.
This is a big day for Israel and the family. I welcome PM Modi here: Rabbi Holzberg Nachman, Moshe's grandfather says
Moshe was the baby who lost his parents in the attack on Mumbai's Chabad House during the 2008 Mumbai terror strike. He was rescued by his Indian nanny
Remarkable visit, Israelis saying it is well worth the wait. They're thrilled with PM's visit here:India's Ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor
Remarkable visit, Israelis saying it is well worth the wait. They're thrilled with PM's visit here:India's Ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor pic.twitter.com/MiiJr4xWMw— ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017
This is a deeply moving moment for me. We are making history: Netanyahu
India-Israel sign seven agreements including MoU for water conservation in India
We are being challenged by forces of terror. We have agreed to cooperate in this area: PM Netanyahu
Our talks focused on not just areas of bilateral opportunities but also how our cooperation can help cause of global peace and stability: Indian Prime Minister Modi
Our talks focused on not just areas of bilateral opportunities but also how our coop'n can help cause of global peace and stability: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/qbN0kL0UCK— ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017
Israel is among the leading nations in the field of innovation,water and agriculture: PM Modi
Our belief in democratic values and economic progress has been a shared pursuit: PM Modi
India has suffered first hand the violence and hatred spread by terror, so has Israel: Modi
Modi invites Netanyahu to India, Netanyahu accepts
Modi: Friends, about 150 kms from here there is a slice of history in Haifa that is very dear to my country. That is the resting place of 41 soldiers of my country who laid down their lives fighting in World War I. Tomorrow I will visit Haifa
Other agreements signed: MoU on State Water Utility Reform in India, MoU regarding cooperation in GEO-LEO Optical link
MoU regarding cooperation in Electric Propulsion for Small Satellites, MoU for setting up of India-Israel Industrial R&D & Tech Innovation fund signed
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meets Moshe
Moshe lost his parents in the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai in 2008
He was a baby at the time. He is now 11 years old
"Prime Minister Modi I love you," says Moshe
Moshe, during the 26/11 attacks on the Chabad House in Mumbai, was saved by his Indian nanny Sandra
Moshe now lives with his grandparents near Tel Aviv
Netanyahu tells Moshe he will accompany him when Netanyahu travels to India
Modi had invited Netanyahu to India. The Israeli PM had accepted
Indian foreign secretary conducts MEA media briefing. Says the two countries have signed 7 agreements
Foreign Secretary Jaishankar: We (India and Israel) also spoke about what we could do in third countries
You can visit India anytime, will give you & your family long-term visa: PM Modi to Moshe, the now 11-yr-old survivor of 26/11 attacks
You can visit India anytime,will give you & your family long term visa:PM Modi to Moshe the now 11-yr-old survivor of 26/11 attacks pic.twitter.com/oJi7Ky3mo9— ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017
We have announced a strategic partnership in water and agriculture. It offers us a whole spectrum of possibilities: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
We have announced a strategic partnership in water and agriculture. It offers us a whole spectrum of possibilities: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pic.twitter.com/jkkJM8INii— ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017
There was a broad agreement that the fight against terrorism won't work if it's very segmented & translated into narrow agendas: Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar
There was a broad agreement that the fight against terrorism won't work if it's very segmented & translated into narrow agendas:Foreign secy pic.twitter.com/R56sFO77fl— ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive shortly at Tel Aviv Convention Centre to address Indian community
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive shortly at Tel Aviv Convention Center to address the Indian diaspora, people throng to welcome him. pic.twitter.com/8gCXTnmdSa— ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017
Israeli Prime Minister Benjami Netanyahu begins speaking to the Indian diaspora at the Tel Aviv convention centre
"Prime Minister (Modi), these are the Jews of India. They love India, they love Israel," says Netanyahu
"When Israelis go to India, they go on the hummus trail. I want Indians to come here on the curry trail," says Netanyahu
Modi speaks to Indian community at Tel Aviv community centre in Hindi
70 varshon mein pehli baar kisi Bharatiya PM ka aana apne aap mein khushi ka avsar hai, kuch sawal nishaan bhi hai: PM Modi
There is a similarity even in our religions: PM Modi
Bharat Israel ka saath parampara, sanskriti, ek doosre pe bharosa aur mitrata ka hai: PM Modi
Sankhya aur aakar utna mayne nahi rakhta, ye Israel ne karke dikhaya aur saabit kiya hai: PM Modi
Prime Minister Modi talks about the presence of the Indian community in Israel for hundreds of years. Mentions the legend of Sufi saint Baba Fareed who is believed to have done penance in a cave in Israel.
Modi also mentioned Marathi journal, Mai Boli (Mother Tongue) that is published in Israel.
Those from Cochin Kerala celebrate Onam with great pomp. A sizeable number of immigrants in Israel are from Maharashtra and Kerala.
Mayors of various Israeli cities have also joined us today. Their love for India has drawn them here, I thank them: PM Modi
Dr Lael Anson Best is a prominent cardiothoracic surgeon from the Indian community in Israel who was among those awarded the Pravasi Samman meant for non-resident Indians. PM Modi reminded the Gujarati community members of the Best Hospital in Ahmedabad.
PM Modi remembered Shimon Perez, another great leader of Israel, calling him a great statesman.
The mantra of my government is reform, perform, transform: PM Modi
We have launched GST on July 1. This has achieved an old dream of one country one tax. I call it Good and Simple Tax: PM Modi
The way Sardar Patel brought different princely states together into one India, this law has managed to merge disparate tax laws in 2017: PM Modi
We have given real estate the status of industry so that companies of this sector can get loans on low rates: PM Modi
We want every Indian to have their own homes, the homes to have power and water supply by 2022 by facilitating real estate companies: PM Modi
PM Modi also recounted how Israeli PM Netanyahu sent him a photograph of Indian soldiers liberating Jerusalem in 1917 during British rule, calling the photo "heart-touching".
Recalled another famous Indian Jew, late Lt-General JFR Jacob, a Baghdadi Jew from Kolkata, who led India's charge into Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, in 1971.
Both PM Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about their respective youth population and the exchange that took place informally on a people-to-people basis.
"There is one area of cooperation -- young people... Today when young Israelis go to India, they go backpacking. They go on the hummus trail -- that means places you hear Hebrew being spoken. I want Indian students to come backpacking here on the curry trail. Not too many -- just in proportion," said PM Netanyahu to loud cheering from the Indian community present.
I met Moshe a few hours ago. I witnessed how the desire to live in peace can overcome the specter of terror: PM Modi
"I have a good news for you. Those Indians living in Israels are having lots of trouble over their OCI and PIO cards. I have come to know this. Relations of the heart can't be dictated by a piece of paper. There is no way you can be denied an OCI card. If you are not able to get an OCI card, it defeats the purpose of this document. Those Indian-origin individuals who have done compulsory Army service in Israel will also get OCI cards now. We will also simplify rules related to issue of OCI cards to those who have done compulsory military training," said PM Modi.
"We are soon starting Delhi-Mumbai-Tel Aviv air services," said PM Modi.
PM Modi also shared the story of a soldier from the Maratha Light Infantry, referred to by the Israelis as "the Indian", who played a historic role in Haifa during World War I.
PM Modi is likely to meet Joseph Weiss of Israeli Aerospace Industries and Uzi Landau of RAFAEL Advance Defense Systems at the India-Israel CEOs Forum at Tel Aviv today
PM Modi is visiting Germany's Hamburg from July 6-8 for the G20 Summit: MEA
PM's pre-planned bilateral meetings on sidelines of G20 Summit are with Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, ROK, UK and Vietnam: MEA
We have put a simple goal that we have to increase cooperation between Indian and Israeli business sectors: President, India-Israel CEOs forum
Identified sectors like agriculture, water treatment, healthcare etc where we can reach a goal of 20 billion dollars: President, India-Israel CEOs forum
12 MoUs signed between Indian and Israeli companies, total value of MoUs over 4.5 billion dollars: Pankaj Patel, Deputy President, India-Israel CEOs forum
PM Modi tweets a photograph signed by Israeli PM Netanyahu, thanking him for his hospitality.
The Indian prime minister also shared other pictures of himself with Israeli PM Netanyahu from his visit
I thank the people and Government of Israel for their hospitality. This successful visit will add more energy to India-Israel relations. pic.twitter.com/sreMPExX9i— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 6, 2017