Source: News Bharati English06 Jul 2017 11:00:07

Tel Aviv, July 6: Addressing Indian Diaspora in Tel Aviv Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Highlighting India-Israel ties, expressed his gratitude and joy saying that “Our ties with Israel are about mutual trust and friendship.”

Amidst chants of ‘Modi, Modi…’, PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed PM Modi greeting with – Namaste, We Love India, We Love Israel. Stressing on strengthening mutual ties between both countries, PM Netanyahu added that “PM Modi and I have decided to take our partnership to new heights. There is the human bridge between us, we admire you.”

Taking the stage over Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled about the friendship bond between India and Israel and expressing his happiness said that “70 years an Indian PM had got an opportunity to visit Israel and this was a matter of immense joy.”

Confessing compassionately about the mutual ties, Modi heartily spoke about his cherishing experience regarding the visit to Israel. PM Modi asserted while talking about the chemistry that India and Israel carrying since 50 years. Talking about similarities in the cultures and festivals India and Israel, PM Modi expressed his cordial emotions.

Addressing Indians in Israel PM Modi said that Indian Jews contribute to progress in Israel's agriculture and health sectors.  Lauding the progress of Israel, PM Modi said that “Israel has shown that more than size, it is the spirit that matters. The Jewish community has enriched India with their contribution in various fields. Paying tribute to the people who lost their lives for their nation, PM Modi expressed pride for the army and the people of Israel.

Talking about Israel’s successful administration, PM Modi spoke about India’s concept of governance which is:  Reform, Perform and Transform. PM Modi said that the aim of my Government is reform, perform and transform. Also spoke about the reformative Goods and Service Tax, GST which will be a changing concept to bring India in the forefront of Global Economy. PM Modi said that With GST we are aiming towards the economic integration of India, also we have introduced 100% FDI in key sectors, which will help our economy.

Recalling the Independence era, 2022 will mark the completion of 75 years of Independent India; PM Modi assured that by 2022 ‘Housing for All’ aim will be accomplished.  PM Modi talked about various initiatives taken by the government for achieving better administration for people belonging to various sectors. Modi talked about various programmes initiated by his government and said these were aimed at the betterment of the common people. PM Modi emphasised the importance being given to the farmers of the nation.

Also, PM Modi highlighted about providing Overseas Citizen of India OCI cards to Indian-Israeli community who had had compulsory army service. PM also announced opening up of an Indian cultural centre and flights from Delhi to Tel Aviv via Mumbai.

PM Modi said there were about 600 Indian students in Israel who can contribute to the future of the relationship. He also remembered former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, saying he had worked tirelessly for the humanity.

Modi also recalled the contribution of the Indian Army in the liberation of Jerusalem and Haifa during the World War-I. He will be travelling to Haifa tomorrow to pay his tributes to them.

During Modi's visit, Israel and India have signed a series of agreements to cooperate in fields such as space, agriculture, and technology and water conservation.  They have also signed agreements regarding defence, shared intelligence and anti-terrorism activity, although these have been played down in both the style and the public content of the visit, which has emphasised shared cultural values, and people-to-people ties.