On a six-day visit to India, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said that India and Israel share a very special and strong relationship. Talking to India Today in the evening after his arrival in the national capital, Netanyahu said that India and Israel are a ‘match made in heaven’. He praised PM Narendra Modi saying that the later is a great leader. “He is a great leader. He is impatient to bring the future to his people and change the world,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying.
But, Netanyahu’s visit to Delhi has come in the wake India’s vote at the United Nations when it voted against Israel and the US and in favour of a resolution, co-sponsored by Turkey and Yemen, which rejected Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The Israeli PM, however, said that one vote won’t affect anything. “It was disappointing but it won’t affect our relationship. This meet is a testimony to this fact. One vote doesn’t affect anything”, said Netanyahu.
Benjamin Netanyahu also spoke on the global issue of terrorism. Speaking on the 26/11 terror attack which killed Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg along with six others, Netanyahu said what is needed is to bring the terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed to book. He also pointed to the fact that Israel is committed to fighting terrorism and is ready to cooperate with India on terror. Netanyahu, who is the second Israeli prime minister to visit India in the last 15 years, said that quick action is needed against terror perpetrators. He also said that Israel has world’s best intel and it will firm up intelligence sharing with India. Notably, the Israeli PM welcomed surgical strikes against terrorists across the LoC who were being funded by Pakistan and said that it was entirely India’s choice to do so.
In his six-day visit, Netanyahu said that the expected areas of discussion with India include cooperation in various technical issues as well as pacts in agriculture and space. He also stressed on the importance of a free trade pact with India as well as firming up ties in the agriculture sector.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s India visit comes six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel, first ever by any Indian prime minister to the Jewish nation. The Israeli Prime Minister, who is the second Prime Minister from his country after Ariel Sharon to visit India, is accompanied by a 130-member delegation from various sectors including cyber, agriculture and defence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hosted Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah Netanyahu at his residence, 7, Race Course Road this evening.
Source: Financial Express