Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 July 2017 concluded his visit to Israel. During his three-day visit to Israel, as the first Prime Minister of India to do so in seven decades since India and Israel came into existence, from 4 July to 6 July 2017 met with Israeli President and Prime Minister Reuven Rivlin and Benjamin Netanyahu respectively.
During this visit to Israel, Modi also met with Indian community settled in Israel. The two nations also signed seven agreements of bilateral importance.
Modi’s visit to Israel and key elements of his visit in pictures
On his arrival in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Modi was received at the Ben Gurion airport by Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Netanyahu welcome Modi with the Hindi greeting, “Aapka swagat hai mere dost (you are welcome my friend).” Later, Netanyahu said that Prime Minister we have been waiting for you a long time, almost 70 years.
Modi’s visit to Yad Vashem Memorial:
Sometime after his arrival to Israel, PM Modi visited Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem and paid homage to Gentiles, who at personal risk and without a financial or evangelistic motive, chose to save their Jewish brethren from the ongoing genocide during the Holocaust. Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honouring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.
Modi’s visit Danziger Flower Farm:
Prime Minister visited Danziger Flower Farm in Israel, where a new Israeli Crysanthumun flower named as ‘Modi’ after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The flower was accorded the name of PM Modi as a special gesture to mark the first visit by an Indian premier to the Jewish nation.
Modi addresses to the Indian community in Tel Aviv:
During his visit to Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed to the Indian community at the Tel Aviv Convention Center on 5 July 2017. His address saw the participation of thousands of Indians from across Israel.
Modi’s visit to Israel Museum in Jerusalem:
During his visit to Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel Museum in Jerusalem along with his Counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu.
The two Prime Ministers celebrated India's unique Jewish heritage and visited three main exhibits.
The first stop was at the gallery which displayed religious and secular material culture of the Jewish community in Cochin (Kochi) in Kerala, where one of the exhibits was a bridal dress, which was later inserted in a Torah ark curtain used on Yom Kippur.
In addition, the two leaders also saw a set of Torah Scrolls in Silver casings; these scrolls were earlier displayed in the Magen David synagogue during Simhat Torah in Calcutta.
Modi meets with three Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees from Israel:
During his visit to Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with three prominent Indian-origin Israelis and recipient of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awardees in Jerusalem.
The three prominent Indian-origin Israelis who met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi are Eliyahu Bezalel, Sheikh Ansari and Dr Lael Anson Best.
Bezalel hails from Kochi and is the first Israeli of Indian-origin to receive the award. He received the award in 2005. He has distinguished himself as an eminent agriculturist.
Ansari manages the Indian Hospice in Jerusalem. He was honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman in 2011.
Best is an accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon. He was conferred with the award in 2017.
Prime Minister calls on Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel:
During this visit to Israel, Prime Minister had a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin at his residence and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties.
Modi meets with Leader of Opposition Isaac Herzog:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with Isaac Herzog, the Leader of Opposition of Israel in Jerusalem. Herzog, who belongs to the Zionist Union party, is the son of former Israeli President Chaim Herzog.
Tribute to Indian soldiers:
alt="PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Indian soldiers ="640px;" height="300px;" /> On the third and final day of his historic visit to Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6 July 2017 paid tribute to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives defending Haifa during First World War. Modi visited the Indian cemetery in Haifa and paid homage to the soldiers.
Besides all these events, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a press statement in Israel.
In a statement, the two leaders said, ''Our goal is to build a relationship that reflects our shared priorities and draws on enduring bonds between our peoples.''
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