Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu’s 3-day Israel bromance: In pictures

first_imgRight from the first day to the last, the bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was like two long lost friends getting back together and enjoying every last bit of their time together.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives Prime Minister Narendra Modi a warm hug upon his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. Photo: @netanyahuPrime Minister Narendra Modi began his three-day visit to Israel on Tuesday, landing in Tel Aviv where he was greeted personally by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Modi became the first Indian PM to visit Israel and his historic trip comes in the year that marks the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Jerusalem.At the Ben Gurion airport, Modi, sporting the Israeli colours of white and blue, and Netanyahu, sporting an India-Israel flag brooch, shared a warm hug as the former disembarked from Air India One.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an official welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel on July 4, 2017. Photo: ReutersBoth Modi and Netanyahu described each other as “friends” with the Israeli prime minister using the Hindi word “dost” to refer to Modi.Modi and Netanyahu also spoke at the airport, after the Indian PM inspected a guard of honour. “Aapka swagat hai, mere dost,” PM Netanyahu said in Hindi. He later went on to call Modi “my friend Narendra”.The two prime ministers went on to embrace each other at least three more times, including during the joint briefing held at the Israeli PM’s home.advertisementPrime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, visits the Hall Of Names at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on July 4, 2017. Photo: ReutersModi capped off his day out with a visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, where he and Netanyahu toured the Hall of Names and participated in a memorial ceremony.Modi later described Yad Vashem as a “tribute to Israel’s unbreakable spirit to rise above the depths of tragedy”.Modi’s first day in Israel ended with a dinner with PM Netanyahu at his residence. The two prime ministers addressed a joint press briefing where Netanyahu was at his eloquent best as he referenced yoga and mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan to drive home the importance Tel Aviv is according to Modi’s visit.Prime Minister Narendra Modi stands next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as he hugs Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were killed during the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai at Nariman House, in Jerusalem on July 5, 2017. Photo: ReutersOn the second day of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Moshe Holtzberg, the now 11-year-old Israeli boy, who was orphaned during the 26/11 terrorists attacks in Mumbai.Accompanied by his Israeli counterpart Bejamin Netanyahu, Modi met both ‘Baby Moshe’ and his Indian nanny Sandra Samuels who has since settled in Israel.”I love you Mr Modi,” the 11-year-old boy quipped as he met Modi. Moshe also said that he wants to visit India and ultimately become a director of Chabad House in Mumbai when he grows older.PM Netanyahu, who earlier accepted Modi’s invite to visit India, said he would bring the boy along during his visit. “PM Modi invited me to India and you will come with me,” Netanyahu said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as they deliver joint statements during an exchange of co-operation agreements ceremony in Jerusalem on July 5, 2017. Photo: ReutersIndia and Israel on Wednesday elevated their ties to the strategic partnership level, vowing to do “much more together” to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism while pitching for strong action against those financing and providing sanctuaries to terror groups.The issue of terror and “strategic threats” along with various other topics like cooperation in defence and security, water, agriculture, space and West Asia figured prominently in the talks between Modi and Netanyahu.After the wide-ranging talks, the two sides signed seven pacts covering areas like innovation, water conservation, agriculture and space.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands as they wave to the crowd during a reception for the Indian community in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 5, 2017. Photo: ReutersAt the conclusion of the second day of his visit, Modi addressed a 4,000-strong gathering of the Indian diaspora at the Tel Aviv Convention Centre.He said innovation and technology can boost the relationship between India and Israel, and that Israel has progressed so much because of the country’s penchant for innovation.advertisementHe said that India too is a young nation with 65 per cent of its population below the age of 35 which is why, he said, skill development is being given special emphasis.On the way to Haifa, I showed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi our beautiful land: Netanyahu. Photo: @netanyahuOn the third and last day of his visit, Modi headed to Haifa to pay homage to Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I while protecting the city from the powerful forces of the Ottoman Empire.The battle of Haifa, won with the help of Indian princely state Armies, is also remembered as the last successful horse cavalry action.A large number of Indian soldiers of the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade died during the battle to free the city and nearly 900 are buried in Israel.Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveil the plaque to commemorate Indian soldiers led by Maj Dalpat Singh who fought to liberate Haifa, in Israel. Photo: PIBUpon reaching Haifa, PM Modi along with PM Netanyahu unveiled the plaque commemorating Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the war to protect the city.The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments that helped liberate the city following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Olga Beach in Israel on July 06, 2017. Photo: PIBPM Modi and PM Netanyahu next headed to Olga Beach where they attended a demonstration of a unique seawater desalination vehicle. The two had on Wednesday held talks and agreed to establish a “strategic partnership in water and agriculture”.The partnership will focus on water conservation, waste-water treatment and its reuse for agriculture, desalination, water utility reforms, and the cleaning of the Ganges and other rivers using advanced water technologies, a joint statement issued after the talks had said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a demonstration of a unique seawater desalination vehicle. Photo: @IsraeliPMPM Modi along with PM Netanyahu on Thursday witnessed the demonstration of sea water purification technology pioneered by Israel at a water desalination unit on Olga Beach Haifa.Both the leaders, dressed casually, carefully listened to the demonstration at the Gal-Mobile water desalination unit on Olga Beach and also had a long chat among themselves while walking on the beach.PM Netanyahu and PM Modi attended a demonstration of a seawater desalination vehicle, tasted the purified water and rode the unique vehicle. Photo: @IsraeliPMGal-Mobile is an independent, integrated water purification vehicle, designed to produce high-quality drinking water. It can be useful in natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, military use in difficult terrain and rural areas to provide drinkable water, the Indian Prime Minister’s Office said.Modi and Netanyahu viewed the demonstration, tasted the purified water and also rode the unique vehicle.advertisementPrime Minister Narendra Modi is next visiting Hamburg, Germany for the G-20 Summit. The visit will be from from July 6 to July 8.last_img

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