Tuesday, 4 July 2017

PM Netanyahu and Wife Sara Host Indian PM Modi at PM's Residence in Jerusalem

PM Netanyahu and Wife Sara Host Indian PM Modi at PM's Residence in Jerusalem Tuesday, 4 July 2017.

This is probably unprecedented and it is indeed the Landmark value of this visit. History is truly being made as the two countries that were always meant to work closely together economically and culturally, finally get together to actually doing it freely and openly. PM Modi has once again succeeded in overcoming the sickular lobby in India.

Prime Minister Netanyahu at the joint statements:"Thank you. Welcome to Jerusalem, my friend, Prime Minister of India,  Narendra Modi. You know, you have only been here a few hours and you have  already visited Yad Vashem, you paid your respects at the tomb of the  founder of our national movement, Theodor Herzl and you've seen some of
Israel's cutting edge technology. We went to a greenhouse on a warm day, believe me it was a warm reception.

So, you've had a glimpse of our painful past but also of our promising  future. And we're very excited to host you here. We have a great admiration for the people of India. I told you about my late uncle, Professor Elisha Netanyahu, he was a mathematician at the Israel Institute of Technology and  he told me many times about his admiration for the great Indian  mathematician Ramanujan.

He said he was the greatest mathematician of the  20th century but he said he was perhaps the greatest mathematician in many many centuries. And this symbolizes the talents of the people of India. As we know, we have the talents of the people of Israel. And we believe in this  partnership of talent.

We both seek a better future for our peoples. Doing so requires a lot of  work. It won't happen overnight but Prime Minister Modi and I have the same trait as we both want it to happen overnight. We are tireless reformers and I  want to congratulate you, Prime Minister, on the reforms that you're doing to change India's economy and we both believe that we can do together great  things for the betterment of the future of our peoples.

I have to confess to you that I've been inspired by Prime Minister Modi's  enthusiasm for yoga to begin. He said to me: you can start at a low level, choose your level. So I'm starting at a low level and here's what we're  going to do. When I do a relaxing Tadasana pose, in the morning I'll turn my head to the right, India is the first democracy that I'll see. And when Prime Minister Modi does a relaxing pose of Vasisthasana and he turns his head to the left, Israel is the first democracy that you can see.

So, in fact we have India and Israel are two sister democracies. In fact, together we account for about 20% of the world's population.

But although we are  unequal in size, we're equal in spirit. We believe we can accomplish great  things. We have accomplished great things and we have many many more  opportunities to seize together in the future.

But I have to say that we also face common challenges and the first of it is to defeat the forces of terror that rampage through the world and threaten  both our countries. So we must stand together in this battle, much as we work together to perfect the future.
Prime Minister, we share a bond of democracy and creativity, a deep respect for the past, a boundless optimism for the future and it's in this spirit, my friend Narendra, of close cooperation and deepest friendship that I welcome you here to our home in Jerusalem. Welcome friend."

PM Modi speech

Prime Minister Netanyahu, friends,
I thank Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Sara Netanyahu for opening their home to me today.  The fullness of their warmth and affection evoke a feeling of home away from home. It reminds me of our own hospitality and welcome. I'm most grateful for their warm and generous hospitality.

Friends, Just a short while back, I laid a wreath at Yad Vashem memorial museum to remember and honor over six million Jewish lives that were lost in the horror of the Holocaust. Yad Vashem is a reminder of the unspeakable evil inflicted generations ago. It is also a tribute to your unbreakable spirit to rise above the depths of treachery, overcome hatred and forge a vibrant democratic nation. Yad Vashem tells us that those who believe in humanity and civilized values must come together and defend it at all cost.

As such, we must resolutely oppose the evils of terrorism, radicalism and violence that plague our time.

Friends, The links between our peoples goes back thousands of years when the first Jews landed on India's southwestern coastline. We are proud of Jewish sons and daughters of India, like Lt. General J.F. R. Jacob, Vice Admiral Benjamin Simpson, master architect Joshua Benyamin, and film actors Nadira, Solochona, Pramila, whose diverse contributions have greatly enriched the fabric of Indian society. Indian Jews are a living and vibrant connect to this shared history. My visit to Israel celebrates this ancient bond between communities across both of our nations. And I'm happy that I will have the occasion to engage with the rich Indian diaspora in Israel later tomorrow.

Friends, In modern times, our ties have seen rapid growth since the establishment of our full diplomatic relations a quarter century ago. Common objectives of economic prosperity, strong technology, and innovation ties and the need to secure our society define the space for convergent action between us.

Over coming decades, we want to frame a relationship that transforms the landscape of our economic engagement. India is the world's fastest growing large economy. Our focus on using technology and innovation to meet our developmental priorities provides productive scope to expand our academic, scientific and research and business links. We also want to put in place a robust security partnership to respond to shared threats to our peace, stability and prosperity. I'll work with Prime Minister Netanyahu to build a clear agenda to realize these objectives.

Once again, let me express my sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mrs. Netanyahu for their warm welcome and generous hospitality.   
Thank you

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