Modi sets aside protocol to receive Netanyahu at airport

15 January, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Demonstrators attend the weekly anti-corruption protest in Tel Aviv

Prior to his departure, the Israeli prime minister said he was "strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power [India]".

However, the fact that Congress made a decision to attack PM Modi at a time when Netanyahu is visiting wasn't lost on Twitter.

"I would have preferred another vote, to be frank", the prime minister told reporters, "but I do not think it actually changes the fruitful relationship between India and Israel".

Benjamin Netanyahu - who is off to India with his wife leading 130 membered trade delegation - has always been known to have a sectarian approach against the Muslim community.

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Netanyahu will be visiting Delhi, Agra, Gujarat and Mumbai, and he will be accompanied by the Indian Prime Minister on extensive portions of his visit. "Together we will bring the relations between our countries to new heights!"

Moshe Holtzberg, 12, who lost his parents in the November 2008 terrorist attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai, is joining the trip, as Netanyahu had promised him during their meeting with Modi in Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "I very much appreciate the gesture".

The protesters chanted "Down with Israel" and "Down with Netanyahu" and called Indian government to cut ties with the Zionist regime. "In the presence of the Prime Minister of Israel, we pay homage to the fearless soldiers", Modi wrote in the visitor's book. He is expected to visit the Teen Murti Memorial honoring Indian soldiers who fought under British Gen. Edmund Allenby in the 1918 Battle of Haifa; as well as a the monument where Mahatma Gandhi's remains are located. They also signed the visitors book at the chowk. Many golden pages of the sacrifices of Indian braves are written in the history of both World War. The sacrifice commemorated at Teen Murti observes its centenary.

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The two leaders then went then went ahead to the Teen Murti Chowk in central Delhi, which was formally renamed as Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk. "In the presence of the Prime Minister of Israel, we pay homage to the fearless soldiers", Modi wrote in the visitor's book. He also said in the case of Justice Dalveer Bhandari at the International Court of Justice, Israel not only supported the Indian candidate but it adopted, with four more countries, along with India, Bhandari's candidature.

"The visit is a fitting culmination to the silver jubilee year of the formal relationship", foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and urged for the maintenance of Iran's nuclear deal, the Elysee said on Saturday.

This visit is not just about the substance but also the optics.

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Netanyahu is on a 6-day visit to India.

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