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Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about his meeting with Baby Moshe, the survivor of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. “I met Moshe Holtzberg and I saw what victory over terror looks like,” he said. The PM had offered Moshe a long-term visa to India during the meeting.
"I live in Afula, but I remember our connection to Nariman House...I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai and when I get older, I live there...Dear Mr Modi, I love you and the people in India," Moshe had said.
There are around 600 Indian students in Israel. They are the bridge of technology and innovation between India and Israel. Science, innovation and research will be the foundation of the relationship between the two nations. What students are learning here, will help to better lives in India in the years to come, says PM Modi.
"Women are a key to India's prosperity," says PM Modi... "We have abrogated more than 1200 old laws and we are on course to abrogating 40 more obsolete laws in India."
The Indian farmer is very hardworking. It is due to their efforts that we have been able to achieve record output this year. My government is working on policies to double the income of farmers by 2020. We are leaving no stone unturned to provide them with the best help. Right from the quality of seeds, to upgradations of the irrigation system, we are looking at every aspect, says PM Modi.
Innovation has a big role to play in Israel’s advancement. Innovation is important everywhere, be it defence, agriculture, industry. We have opened up incubation centres in India with innovation in mind. We have initiated different programmes to help te youth innovation. The Mudra policy was started by my government to help finance micro units, says PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about Goods and Services tax at the Convention centre. "I call GST the 'Good and Simple Tax'." Just as Sardar Patel brought several princely states together to form modern India, GST was a manifestation of India's Economic unity, says PM Modi.
In defence sector, despite reforms, we were lagging behind. "We brought reforms in the defence sector, allowing foreign direct investment in the sector, so that this sector doesn't stay behind anymore."
"In 2022, we complete 75 years of independence, we will ensure that the poor in the country have a house of their own when India completes 75 years of independence."
PM Modi address Indian Diaspora
"India has a very small Jewish community, but Jews in India have made their presence felt in every field they have been a part of. The Jewish community has enriched India with their contribution to various fields."
"I would also like to take this opportunity to remember the great Israeli leader Shimon Perez... In the past few years, Israel, with its technology, has shocked and at the same time lit up the world."
A country's progress is not decided on the basis of its size or its population. Israel has proven time and again that size doesn't matter.
"I want to mention the name of Lieutenant General Jacob. Lieutenant General Jacob had forged the strategy during the 1971 war. His strategy forced 90,000 Pakistani soldiers to surrender before Indian Army."
"The relationship is a relationship of friendship, of the tradition of historical significance." There is a commonality in our festival. We have Diwali in India, we have Hanuka in Israel, says PM Modi.
I wish Israel all the luck for the Jewish Olympic games. Our (Indian) team will also participate in the games and they are here in this gathering, too.
This is the first time in 70 years that an Indian Prime Minister has come to Israel. It's an occasion to be happy but poses a question too, says PM Modi.
"When we meet a close friend after a long time, we ask it's been a long time since we met," says PM Modi, saying yes, we are meeting after a long time here in Israel. "In fact, it's not been days, it's been years since we met. after independence, for th forst time, an indian prime minister is seeking your blessings."
"Netanyahu and I have one more thing in common - we were both born in independent countries."
"They are the Jews of Israel. They love Israel and they love India. This is a historic meeting between two nations. we have agreed on a number of things but there is always the human bridge which is byond everything. "We have also decided to bring two nations together and there is a human bridge between the two countries that is you.
"I want young Indians to come here just as the Israelis go backpacking to India," says PM Netanyahu.
Netanyahu invites PM Modi to start addressing the Indian Diaspora.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accompanied by his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday visited the Israel Museum in Jerusalem which exhibits India’s unique Jewish heritage. “Celebrating the cultural linkages between Israel and India. The leaders visit Jewish Museum, examine exhibits dedicated to India's Jewish Heritage,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Bagley tweeted along with their photographs.
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One would find it rather difficult to imagine a person residing in an ancient home that is 'squeezed' between boutiques and antique shops.
India's Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is currently addressing media, throwing light on the growing India-Israel relationship.
PM Modi said that he wants to double the farmer income by 2022, and this relationship and the technology it brings will help that cause.
"Israel has a global reputation for water conservation and agricultural innovation. We have signed MoUs in the areas of water and agriculture." The two countries have signed 7 Memorandum of Understandings in a variety of sectors that the two countries can cooperate in.
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