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.
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 »
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.
By HERB KEINON, HAGAY HACOHEN
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 »
Just prior to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming five day visit, meant to be spent with Indian PM Narendra Modi for much of the visit, the Hindustan Times reported that the Indian Army insists on the deal being completed.
By HERB KEINON
A $500 million Indian purchase of 8,000 Spike antitank missiles from Israel that New Delhi canceled last week, just days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to India, may still come about through a different channel, Indian media outlets reported.
According to the Hindustan Times, the Indian military is very keen on purchasing the missile from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Continue Reading »
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.
By HERB KEINON
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 »