PM arrives in Israel to rousing reception

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

"I will work with Prime Minister Netanyahu to craft and build a clear action agenda to realise these objectives", Modi said in the statement before a dinner hosted by his Israeli counterpart at the PM's residence here. PM Modi will also meet Sandra Samuels and Moshe Holtzberg, survivors of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. This year, India and Israel are marking 25 years of their diplomatic relations. "And today that is completely abandoned", said Karat.

Israel believes there is no difference between Pakistan-based "Lashkar-e-Taiba" and the Hamas group operating in Israel and Palestine, senior officials here said, adding that the Israeli government has unequivocally supported India on the issue of terrorism.

Netanyahu referred to Indian talent and Israeli technology as "I-squared and T-squared" during the red carpet welcome and added: "I-squared plus T-squared is the future of our bilateral ties".

Netanyahu personally received Modi at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport, an honour previously accorded only to the Pope and the US President.

Israel, constantly searching for allies at the United Nations and for new business partners, has portrayed the visit as a major diplomatic victory.

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Talking about the vast possibilities of cooperation between the two countries, he said, "We can do even more, even better together".

The Prime Minister said, in coming decades, India want to frame a relationship that transforms the landscape of our economic engagement.

He further said that India is a very old civilisation, but a very young nation and the talented and skill youth of the country are also its driving force. Describing India and Israel as sister democracies, he said, both the countries can do great things together. Prime Minister Modi will have wide-ranging discussions on Wednesday with Netanyahu on the full spectrum of bilateral partnership and ways to strengthen it in diverse fields for mutual benefit. One of the taboos was relations with #Israel.

In his three-day trip, Modi is expected to discuss with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the common challenges like terrorism and ways to boost economic ties. Modi would also call upon Israels President Reuven Rivlin on July 5 and the leader of opposition, Isaac Herzog. And now, unlike many foreign officials visiting Israel, Modi will not go on to meet Palestinian leaders in Ramallah. "Building a strong and resilient relationshp with Israel will be my intent and focus.We have to secure our societies against the common threat of terrorism", Modi said.