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Highlights of Israel PM's Visit to India

Published on Friday, January 19, 2018

Key Information

  • Date of visit: January 14, 2018 (14-19 January 2018)
  • Israel PM: Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Received by: Shri Narendra Modi
  • Capital of Israel: Jerusalem
  • Currency of Israel: New Shekel

Key Points

  • Both the Prime Ministers met on the occasion of commemoration of 25 years of constituting diplomatic relations
  • First Visit of Israeli PM Netanyahu in India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Counterpart Netanyahu attended the 2nd Indo-Israel CEO forum, First Indo-Israel CEO forum was held during the visit of Indian PM Narendra Modi.

Highlights of Israel PM Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Schedule

Day 1: Visited Teen Murti Chowk and met Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke protocol to receive Israel counterpart (counterpart means a person who holds the same function as another). Usually, foreign counterparts are not received by Prime Minister.
  • Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu first visited Teen Murti Chowk (now formally known as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk) to pay tribute to the Indian Martyrs.
  • About Teen Murti Haifa Chowk: On September 23, 1918, during the First World War Indian soldiers fought along with British Empire troops and had liberated the Haifa (a city of Israel) from Ottoman Empire. Teen Murti represents three regiments Hyderabad, Jodhpur, and Mysore. Teen Murti was built in 1922 by British sculptor Leonard Jennings.
  • September 23, is celebrated as a Haifa day in India.
  • Thereafter, Israel counterpart met Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister and discussed various aspects of Indo-Israel bond which aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership

Day 2: Met President Ram Nath Kovind, after that meeting with Prime minister and then delegation level talks (signing of agreements)

  • During the Indo-Israel joint statement, Both Prime Minister shares the same vision for the country’s relationship.
  • Both the countries (India and Israel) are working together on Five Year Work Plan for strategic cooperation in higher education, Agriculture, business and trade, homeland security and cyber, Water innovation, space, research, science and technology, tourism and culture.
  • Countries started three-year work programme in Agriculture (2018-2020) under the stewardship of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture of India aimed at increasing farmers’ productivity and optimization of water use efficiency.

Representatives of both countries signed agreements are as follow:

MoU/ agreements/ LoI
Representative from Israel

Representative from India
Cyber Security (MoU)
Mr. Yuval Rotem, Director General, MoFA, Government of Israel
Shri Vijay Gokhale, Secretary
This MoU shows cooperation in the field of cyber secyber security lop, promote and also expand cooperation in the field of HRD through various platforms and arrangements.
Oil and Gas Sector (MoU)
Mr.Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
Shri Vijay Gokhale, Secretary
This MoU explores opportunities of long-term cooperative relationship and joint economic in the field of Oil and Gas which includes collaboration in upstream sector activities; R&D and Technology; promoting institutional linkages between Universities and R&D establishment for mutually beneficial collaboration and in the area of Start-ups.
Air Transport (Agreement)
Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation
This agreement foretell the entering into cooperative marketing arrangements, like any other JV agreement for the motive of operating the agreed services on the specified routes in the agreement and codeshare.
Film co-production (Agreement)
Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
Shri N. K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
This agreement benefits to both countries and also contributes in the film industry.
Homeopathic medicine (MoU)
Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH
This MoU forecast, cooperation in the field of medicine.
Space (MoU)
Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
Dr. V. K. Dadhwal, Director of IIST
This MoU between countries show mutual interest in the field of space by the establishment of JWG for research, educational and training programmes.
Invest India and Invest in Israel (MoU)
Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
Shri Deepak Bagla, Managing Director & CEO, Invest India
The MoU between two countries shows the exchange of information on investment opportunities, relevant laws and regulations, policies and government initiatives.
IOCL and Phinergy Ltd. (Letter of Intent)
Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
Shri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCL
It encourages joint R&D, distribution and manufacturing activities in the area of metal-air batteries for an array of applications etc.
IOCL and Yeda Research and Development Co Ltd (Letter of Intent)
Mr. Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India
Shri Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, IOCL
It encourages the joint research exercise in the field of concentrated solar thermal technologies like solar power generation, solar thermal storage materials, systems & concepts technologies, solar fuels.

Day 3: Raisina Dialogue

  • On the third day, Prime Minister of Israel inaugurated the third edition of geo-political conference Raisina Dialogue conference in New Delhi.
  • Raisina dialogue is a conference between two or more than two which emphasis on the most challenging issues faced by the global economy. This conference is coordinated by Observer Research foundation in association with Ministry of External Affairs.
  • The theme of the dialogue was ‘Managing Disruptive Transitions: Ideas, Institutions, and Idioms’.
  • Israel counterpart appreciated the work of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving ease of doing business and cut the bureaucracy.

Day 4: Visit Ahmedabad

  • join inauguration ceremony of “ICREATE”, thereafter visit the centre of excellence for vegetables.
  • ICREATE stands for International Centre for Entrepreneur and Technology.
  • ICREATE dedicated to India by Narendra Modi in the presence of Israeli Counterpart.
  • The Objective of ICREATE is to facilitate entrepreneurship by a blend of innovation, creativity, IT and electronics, energy, biomedical equipment, devices, cyber security, and so on.

Centre of excellence for vegetables

  • PM Narendra Modi and Israeli Counterpart visited the centre of excellence for vegetables in Vadrad, Gujarat.
  • The centre of excellence for vegetables is an Indo-Israel project sanctioned by Ministry of Agriculture, the government of India under the National horticulture mission Scheme.
  • This centre of excellence for vegetables was set up in 2009 and also comes under the bilateral agreement between India and Israel.
  • The main objective of the centre of excellence for vegetables is to increase the quality of Vegetables with minimum use of the chemical.
  • The centre of excellence for vegetables was established in Gharaunda of Haryana’s Karnal District was the first Indo-Israel project in the country.

Day 5: Business forum, visit Nariman house-Chabad Centre, Shalom Bollywood event

  • Netanyahu gave a talk to Indo-Israel Business summit at the Taj hotel, Mumbai.
  • He also laid a wreath for the 26/11 terror attack victims.
  • A monthly magazine named ‘Shalom Namaste’ launched to mark Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his Mumbai visit, to strengthen the Indo-Israel relations.
Day 6: Emplane to Israel
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