Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a three-day visit to Israel concluded his trip on 6th July. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself was at the Ben Gurion Airport to receive Modi on 4th of July. The Indian Prime Minister was given a grand official welcome and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Modi, “Aapka swagat hai mere dost.” Not just that, he also said, “We love India, we admire your culture, your democracy. We’ve been waiting for you for 70 years.” this shows so much of love and respect towards India. Modi also thanked Benjamin Netanyahu for receiving him. This tour is historic not only because Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel but also because some agreements were signed between India and Israel that would be beneficial to both the countries.
The second day of the trip, PM Modi met President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. “The President of Israel welcomed me so warmly, he broke protocol. This is a mark of respect for the people of India,” Narendra Modi tweeted. and also said, “I for I. Which means India for Israel and Israel for India.”
India and Israel signed seven agreements in key areas like space, water management, energy, and agriculture.Two agreements were signed in the sector to increase cooperation on water conservation and state water utility reform in India. Both the countries also agreed for India-Israel Development Cooperation, a three-year work program in the agriculture sector.
PM Modi also announced an Indian Cultural Centre would be set up in Israel. He also invited the Israeli companies to come and participate in the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the government.
PM Modi also mentioned that this visit would mark a “turning point” in ties between the two countries, who mark 25 years of diplomatic relations.
Interestingly, his arrival even reflected on road signs on the way from Jerusalem to the airport as there is a city named Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut Unbelievable, right? Well, Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut is a city located in central Israel, about 35 kilometers southeast of Tel Aviv.
Here is Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech for PM Narendra Modi: