What is driving India closer to Israel?

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Narendra Modi's historic three-day visit began today in Tel Aviv, where Benjamin Netanyahu personally welcomed him at Ben Gurion airport - a rare airport greeting from the Israeli prime minister. India did not want to give an impression that it was siding with Israel which would have upset many Arab countries as Arabs were locked in a sectarian conflict between Palestinian Jews which transformed into the first Arab-Israeli war in May 1948.

Before visiting Herzl's mausoleum Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and honoured the victims of the mass killings by Nazi Germany.

June 2000: Home minister L.K. Advani met the Israeli President Ezer Weizman in Tel Aviv to discuss various techniques employed by them to curb terrorism.In the same month, external affairs minister Jaswant Singh became the first Indian minister to visit Israel to meet Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. "Apka swagat hai mere dost".

"This is a complete reversal from India's long-held traditional stand the centre of which was Palestinian fight for independence".

In an implicit reference to China's Belt and Road Initiative India and U.S. stated a joint statement which says " we support bolstering regional economic connectivity through the transparent development of infrastructure and the use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law, and the environment".

At the joint press briefing, President Trump said that the present relationship between the United States of America and India is at its best.

The intensive preparations for Modi's arrival were a testament to the fact that Modi's visit is the most important this year following that of President Trump. The tides between our talented innovative people is natural.

In his welcome speech, Modi said the people of Israel had built a nation on democratic principles and marched forward despite adversarial conditions.

"We are proud of jewish sons and daughters of India like Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob, Vice Admiral Benjamin Samson, master architect Joshua Benjamin, and film actors Nadira, Sulochana, and Pramila whose diverse contributions have greatly enriched the fabric of Indian society", he said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu will also accompany the Indian leader to all programmes throughout the visit. Well, it took a meeting of minds and hearts, it took a commitment of our governments.

Netanyahu said in this visit Modi's "Make in India" initiative meets his "Make with India" policy. The two leaders are expected to sign a number of agreements related to innovation, development and space.

"Crysanthumun" flower will be named in honour of PM Narendra Modi. Netanyahu introduced his ministers, officials, including the present and former ambassadors of Israel in India and his National Security Advisor.

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