Modi breaks protocol, receives Netanyahu at airport

Modi breaks protocol, receives Netanyahu at airport

Modi breaks protocol, receives Netanyahu at airport

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israel was systematically destroying all the Hamas and Islamic Jihad attack tunnels from Gaza so that the terror groups "should not mess with us". Before leaving Motzoei Shabbos, Netanyahu said that he expected to sign a great number of agreements in a variety of areas - business, education and scientific - during the visit.

"Welcome to India, my friend PM @netanyahu!"

A surprise awaited Netanyahu today at the airport; Modi made a decision to abandon protocol by receiving him personally.

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 previous year. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and center. "We are systematically eliminating the tunnel infrastructure of Hamas and Islamic Jihad", he said from India. Your visit to India is historic and special.

The visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations, but comes just weeks after India voted in favor of a United Nations resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

It is Netanyahu's first official trip to the South Asian country.

Sopher sent several letters to the office of the Israeli embassy in New Dehli and to the Consulate General Mumbai, but said he received no response.

Navaid Hamid, the president of All India Majlis-e-Mushawarat said, "If the Netanyahu is set to visit India only for trade purposes, I would say that they are seeking a way to dump Israeli goods in Indian markets". During Modi's visit to Israel previous year, Netanyahu had also received the Indian prime minister at the airport.

In addition, Netanyahu will give an inaugural speech at the Raisina Dialogue and meet with the Indo-Israeli CEOs at the forum. Netanyahu will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind. In Ahmedabad, he will visit Sabarmati Ashram. Former prime minister Ariel Sharon visited India in 2003.

A large delegation of 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies dealing with agriculture, water, cyber security, health care and security are companying with Netanyahu.

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

Netanyahu will travel to Modi's home state of Gujarat on Wednesday, to Mumbai on Thursday and is scheduled to arrive home a few hours before Shabbat on Friday.

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