Israeli PM Netanyahu calls on Sushma Swaraj

A demonstrator wears a Yair Netanyahu mask at the weekly anti-corruption protest in Tel Aviv

Dubbing India-Israel relationship as a "marriage made in heaven", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that even though the Jewish state was "disappointed" by India's vote at the United Nations against the Jerusalem issue, one negative vote will not affect the ties.

While in India on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commended the Israeli forces that destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel that stretched from Gaza to Egypt and crossed into Israeli territory directly under the Kerem Shalom border crossing. No sooner had Netanyahu alighted from his flight, that Modi enveloped him in one of his trademark bear hugs.

From the airport, Modi and Netanyahu headed straight to the Teen Murti Chowk in central Delhi for a ceremony to rename the war memorial as Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk.

Modi and Netanyahu are known to share a warm rapport.

The Post quoted unnamed Israeli diplomatic officials as saying they did not expect India's vote against Israel on the Jerusalem issue in the UN General Assembly last month to cloud the visit. We were eagerly looking forward to your visit and after the visit of Prime Minister Modi, all of us were very excited to receive you in India. At the ceremony, Netanyahu said, "This gesture highlights the special connection and common history between Israel and India".

On September 23, 1918 - a day marked by the Indian Army as Haifa Day to commemorate the Indian soldiers who fell in the battle - elements of the Indian Cavalry Units fought under the command of Gen. Edmund Allenby. Netanyahu plans to stay in Delhi, Mumbai, and Gujarat, and will be personally accompanied by Modi part of the time, as Netanyahu did on Modi's visit to Israel. "We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power". He added that PM Modi was working towards a bright future for India.

Reacting sharply, BJP national spokesperson Samit Patra said while the world is watching as to what is growing between India and Israel, "a great relationship is brewing", the main Opposition party is giving out such kind of irresponsible tweet. "He is a young man who loves Israel with all his soul". I want to say something else: "You give us a lot of strength to continue".

Referring to the controversy surrounding the tape of his son's conversation with friends after leaving Tel Aviv strip clubs in the summer of 2015, Netanyahu said, "I want you to think how you would feel if they would trample your children with unbridled cruelty, wickedness and hypocrisy".

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