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Monday, September 29, 2014

Netanyahu meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi

This could be big - really big. On the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Sunday night, Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. This is from Modi's website.
The two leaders reviewed the robust relationship, and rapidly growing trade. They also discussed how ties could be further expanded. The Israeli side briefed the Prime Minister on their perception of the situation in West Asia.

Defence ties and cooperation in the field of computer software, and cyber security were also discussed.
Issues of water management and agriculture in arid areas came up for discussion, with Israel offering to share its technology in this regard. The Prime Minister also outlined his vision of waste water management and solid waste management in 500 towns across India.
The Israeli Prime Minister extended an invitation to Shri Narendra Modi to visit Israel.
How big could this be? Consider the following:
A sign of the ties between India and Israel becoming closer is the refusal of the Modi government to condemn Israel in parliament for its actions in the Gaza as demanded by the Congress and some other parties. This led to a walkout from the Lok Sabha by the Congress and two other parties. Modi has not held meetings with Palestinian or other West Asian leaders during his visit here.
In discussing defence relations, Modi told Netanyahu about his "Make in India" program and pointed out that 49 percent investment was possible in defence industries, Syed Akbaruddin, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman said. Cooperation in cybersecurity was also discussed.
Modi made a pitch for Israeli investments and they discussed boosting bilateral trade that now stands at about 6 billion US dollars.
While discussing cooperation in the fields of software and computers, Netanyahu mentioned that when he had worked in areas relating to technology he found in California that a large number of workers were Indians or Israelis.
Modi told him - and an earlier delegation of Jewish leaders from the American Jewish Congress - that India is proud of its tradition of tolerance towards Jews and and absence of discrimination against them. Netanyahu and the Jewish leaders acknowledged that anti-Semitism was never in India.
This could be huge - both economically and politically.  As Netanyahu said, the sky's the limit. Keep an eye on this one.

By the way, lately I have noticed that I have several new Twitter followers from India. Hmmm.

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At 7:34 PM, Blogger Mordechai Y. Scher said...

I would certainly prefer tighter relations to India, than to China. Nothing good will come from China in the long run. (Though it may be way too late to worry about that.)

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Alex in Montana said...

Modi is a Hindu who knows the genocide perpetrated by Islam (the Moguls) against his own people for centuries. It is natural to reach out to Israel and the Jews.


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