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Anti-Israeli protests in New Delhi on Netanyahu's trip to India

15 January, 2018, 00:37 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Yair Netanyahu son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seen in Tel Aviv

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the capital for a six- day official visit to India, first after 2003.

A signed letter from at least 208 people said that the community conveys "our extreme pleasure and honor to welcome you (Netanyahu) to India". "With Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting India, we look forward to more #hugplomacy", the Congress said on Twitter.

India's External Affairs Ministry says the two countries are expected to sign agreements on cybersecurity, energy and space cooperation and film production.

On the strong bond between the two leaders which was driving the current Indo-Israeli ties, Carmon said the relationship between India and Israel is an "all-weather friendship".

On Wednesday, PM Modi will accompany Netanyahu to Ahmedabad.

Asked about his agreement with Modi on counterterrorism, Netanyahu said the doctrine of counter-terrorism included having intelligence to prevent it.

Modi would be accompanying the visiting leader on Wednesday to his home state of Gujarat where the two leaders would participate in a road show in Ahmedabad, similar to the one organised for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September a year ago. He also said that his visit can catapult bilateral ties to the next level. It is making fun of the Prime Minister of India that too with the other global leaders of the countries with whom we have good relations. The entire world is watching as what is happening to India and Israel relationship.

Modi's visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel, was termed by many as de-hyphenation of New Delhi's ties with the Palestinians.

Netanyahu and Modi met for the first time at the United Nations in September 2014, the first such meeting in over a decade. During his visit, Netanyahu will meet with Modi multiple times and is also scheduled for face-to faces with India's president and foreign minister. Anti-Israeli protests were also held in about 1,000 villages across India, according to media reports. Netanyahu will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind. The two leaders will have an 8-km long road from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram. The Indian prime minister skipped Palestine during his trip leading many analysts to say that New Delhi was changing its rules of engagement in the region. He will visit Gandhi's tomb in Delhi and attend ceremonies in Mumbai in memory of the victims of the 2008 attacks on the Taj Palace Hotel and the Chabad House.

The Israeli embassy said he will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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