Tag Archive for Narendra Modi

Report: PM Modi to seek direct India-Israel flights over Saudi Arabia airspace

Having already inked an impressive series of bilateral agreements between PM Netanyahu and PM Narendra Modi, the Indian leader will now seek to enable Air India to fly over Saudi skies to Israel, thereby cutting flight time by 2 hours, lowering fuel costs and ticket prices that should boost the number of flights and increase tourism.

By Itamar Eichner


A major Indian airline may begin operating direct return flights to Israel which will include a navigation route above Saudi Arabia as part of the further consolidation of diplomatic ties between Jerusalem and New Delhi.

PM Netanyahu and PM Modi at India’s India-Israel Business Summit – Photo: אבי אוחיון, לע״מ/Facebook

On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is currently in the midst of a six-day trip to India, extolled the 25 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and India, boasting that the two sides had already signed nine agreements covering cooperation in cyber security, space and oil and gas exploration. Continue Reading »

India’s PM Modi surprises PM Netanyahu in unscheduled, personal welcome at New Delhi Airport

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is welcomed by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi with hugs upon Netanyahu’s arrival in India, that will include visiting Ahmedabad, Mumbai & Agra, as well as meeting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind during Netanyahu’s first ever visit.



NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unexpectedly met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he landed at New Delhi’s airport on Sunday afternoon, a gesture of warmth that was not in the original schedule.

Modi, with whom Netanyahu has developed a close relationship, greeted Netanyahu with a warm hug, and then hoisted his arm into the air for the cameras. Continue Reading »

India’s PM Modi visited Israel never saying ‘Palestinians’ once… for a reason


Unlike many of the Western European countries, India does not engage in “megaphone diplomacy,” rather it deals with issues quietly, behind the scenes, not in the full glare of camera lights, and not hypocritically lecturing others in public.



Narendra Modi, who departed Israel on Thursday after being the first-ever Indian prime minister to visit, spent 49 hours in the country, participated in more than a dozen events, and spoke publicly five times.

And never once did he publicly utter the word “Palestinians.”

Modi and Netanyahu wading on the beach. – Photo- KOBI GIDEON/GPO

There are many reasons why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must have hated to see the departure of his Indian counterpart, the leader of the world’s largest democracy with whom he waded barefoot into the Mediterranean on Thursday. Continue Reading »

WATCH: Indian PM Narendra Modi meets 11 yr-old, Mumbai terror-attack survivor


WATCH Video: In a heartwarming encounter, Indian PM Modi met with Moshe Holzberg, who lost both parents during the terrorist attack on the Mumbai Chabad House in 2008, when he was just 2 years old.

Arutz Sheva Staff


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this afternoon (Wednesday, 5 July 2017), met with Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were murdered in the November 26, 2008 terrorist attack on the Mumbai Chabad House. He told them that he misses India; Indian Prime Minister Modi said that his country was open to him.

Prime Minister Netanyahu invited Holtzberg to accompany him on his future trip to India.

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WATCH: A ‘truly historic visit’ as Netanyahu and Modi tour Jerusalem


During his historic visit to Israel, the first for an Indian premier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to sign a host of agreements with Israel in the fields of defense, technology, water, and agriculture, bringing the two countries ever closer.

By i24NEWS


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his historic visit to Israel – the first Indian premier to do so – celebrates “this ancient bond between both our nations” and lauded “the link between our people [that] dates way back to the Jews in India” during his joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

India’s PM Modi to make historic 3-day trip to Israel, bolstering ties & economic cooperation


Stepping away from ‘diplomatic protocol’, the Indian leader will not travel to Ramallah to engage the Palestinians, instead will spend his 3 days with PM Netanyahu to advance India’s “wide ranging partnership with Israel, from agriculture cooperation to homeland security.”

By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff


Narendra Modi is scheduled to make the first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister later this week, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm’s length.

India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line in the region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran — upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil — and its large Muslim minority. Continue Reading »

CONFIRMED: India’s PM Modi to make historic first state visit to Israel in July


According to the Hindustan Times, PM Narendra Modi will come to Israel in early July– the 1st-ever visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister.



Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s long-awaited visit to Israel will take place on July 5-6, the Indian press reported on Thursday.

According to the Hindustan Times, Modi will come to Israel – a first-ever visit by an India prime minister – on his way to take part in the G-20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7-8.

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi welcomes Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin – Photo: מארק ניימן :PMO

The paper reported that G. Continue Reading »

Hindustan Times: Israel assisting India’s efforts to augment nuclear capabilities


During PM Modi’s visit to meet with PM Netanyahu in Israel later this year, he is not scheduled for a courtesy stopover in the Palestinian territories.
– India’s Hindustan Times editorial also writes, Israel is “uniquely in the world, a partner in the development of India’s nuclear arsenal” and “strategically more trusted by India than any other country.”

By Erez Linn and Israel Hayom Staff


India’s Hindustan Times published an editorial on Monday praising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions to strengthen overt ties with Israel.

Air India One, a Boeing 747-437, Air India begins direct Israel-New Delhi flights in May – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/José Luis Celada Euba

Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year in a historic trip the newspaper says reflects the “sea change that has taken place between India and Israel” since the countries formalized relations in 1992. Continue Reading »

Israel’s President Rivlin in India to further expand bilateral cooperation


With both nations seeking to augment cooperation with one another, Rivlin will meet with Indian President Mukherjee as well as PM Modi in an effort to promote projects in the fields of defense, agriculture and water technologies.

By Itamar Eichner


President Reuven Rivlin and his wife landed in India on Monday morning for a state visit at the invitation of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee as the two nations seek to advance their bilateral cooperation.

During the visit, President Rivlin will join President Mukherjee in opening an agro-tech conference in the city of Chandigarh, hold meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and visit several sites of cooperation and joint projects between the two countries. Continue Reading »

New Delhi and Jerusalem to sign huge weapons deal

India and Israel are set to sign a $3 billion weapons deal preceding Indian PM Narendra Modi’s first official visit to the Jewish State.

By Itamar Eichner


A $3 billion weapons deal is to be signed between Israel and India ahead of a historic planned visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Holy Land.

India is planning to buy 164 laser systems for its air force, specifically for its Sukhoi-30MKI and Jaguar planes, and 250 precision guided bunker busting bombs, according to a report in The Times of India on Tuesday. 

Spike missile – Photo: Ynet

Additionally, negotiations have started on the acquisition of 321 Spike anti-tank systems and 8,356 missiles. 

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Indo-Israel Relations are Modi-flying

From energy to cyber & missiles to irrigation, the once low-key, clandestine ties are now booming under India’s PM Narendra Modi.

By Aditi Bhaduri


“A lot of history and a lot of geography”– was how some years back the then Israeli ambassador to India had explained to this writer, the fascination India had for the numerous Israelis pouring into India. This legacy of history and geography is of course leavened with more mundane factors like a large market, cheaper goods and services and a relaxed milieu. In turn many Indians too have been looking to Israel – mostly for its spirit of enterprise and innovation. Continue Reading »

India initiates closer relationship with Israel

Although low-key, the warming of relations between Jerusalem & New Delhi is unmistakable as bilateral trade is in excess of $5 billion with Israel becoming India’s main defense supplier.

By Samantha Badgen, The Media Line


India made headlines last week when a local newspaper reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently elected government might stop its near-automatic support for the Palestinian Authority in the diplomatic arena. Such a move, which at this point is purely speculative, would mark a significant change in India’s voting pattern in the UN and could be seen as an attempt to move closer to Israel. Continue Reading »

India’s New PM Seen as ‘Israel’s Best Friend’ in Southern Asia

India’s Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi has expressed his desire to ‘deepen & develop’ ties with Israel and his record proves he’s serious.

By Gil Ronen


India’s Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi has expressed his desire to “deepen and develop” ties with Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday, and it appears that Netanyahu’s words do not constitute diplomatic flourish but, if anything, understatements.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi – Reuters

“On Friday, I spoke with the Prime Minister-elect of India. There, too, there is a clear expression of the desire to deepen and develop economic ties with the State of Israel,” Netanyahu told his cabinet. Continue Reading »