Israel's first envoy to India reflects on 25 years of blossoming ties

Amid Growing Ties, India's Prime Minister Modi to Embark on Historic Visit to Israel

Amid Growing Ties, India's Prime Minister Modi to Embark on Historic Visit to Israel

For the first time since India established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992, an Indian prime minister traveled to Israel.

Becher said that the nature of the relationship between Israel and India since 1992, when the two countries first announced official ties, has followed a natural progression and have blossomed in nearly every sphere. But I remember my friend what you said in that first meeting.

PM Modi and his host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to further bilateral ties in defence, space, agriculture, water conservation and sanitation, terrorism, trade in gems and jewellery. This year, India and Israel are marking 25 years of their diplomatic relations.

He was replying to a question on the risk of India taking a "180 degree" turn on Israel and whether it was easy to persuade Indians that it was a better approach. We have always told Americans, when you come to India, why you must go to Pakistan. "Well, it took a meeting of minds and hearts.it took a commitment of our governments we have that today", he said. "Now we are taking it to the level of chief executive of the nation", he added.

Hailing him as a great leader of India and a great world leader, Netanyahu said, "Your visit to Israel is a testimony to that".

Modi said that the visit provides an "opportunity to engage with a cross-section of Israeli society". "A plaque to honour Major Dalpat Singh Shekhawat, who led the Jodhpur Lancers will be unveiled during the Prime Minister's visit". And although the Israeli President and Prime Minister visited India more than a decade ago, those visits were only reciprocated by President Mukherjee in 2015 and Mr. Modi on Tuesday.

Citing the fact that PM Modi chose not to visit Palestine on the same trip, Tharoor said that Ministry of Foreign Affairs should have done their "homework" before finalising the visit.

The entire Middle East region is important for India-we share civilisational ties with many countries and the region is also an important source of energy, oil and gas.

Ronald from Puttur who is working in Israel since two years said, "We are extremely happy about our PM's visit here". Talking about his visit to Yad Vashem memorial for Holocaust victims earlier in the day, PM Modi said the memorial is a "tribute to your unbreakable spirit to rise above the depths of tragedy, overcome hatred and forge ahead to build a vibrant democratic nation".

During the drive from Ben Gurion airport to Jerusalem, Netanyahu escorted Modi to the Danzinger flower farm in Mishmar Hashiva, a showcase for agro-technology and one of Israel's leading floriculture firms, where a new fast-growing chrysanthemum flower was named after the Indian premier.

The theme chosen for this year is "Shaping an Inter-connected World".

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