Israel not to spare killers of Mumbai attacks, will help India: Netanyahu

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NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has assured India and its people that his country would extend every possible help to them in catching the culprits responsible for Mumbai attacks in 2008. Netanyahu vowed that Israel would “catch up” with the killers of a Jewish couple murdered in 2008 attacks in Mumbai whose son is accompanying him on a six-day trip to India.

NEW DELHI: Indian PM Narendra Modi welcomes his Israeli counterpart and friend Netanyahu on his arrival at the Air Force Station in New Delhi on Sunday. Both leaders warmly embrace each other.

Avoiding naming any country or reference, he categorically stated; “Ultimately we will catch up with the killers but the objective is also to prevent future killers.” It is pertinent to mention here that India blames LeT for these heinous attacks and holds Hafiz Mohammad Saeed as mastermind of the assaults. Netanyahu told the India Today media group, in an interview released Monday, that he has a “special relationship” with his counterpart Narendra Modi.

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at a ceremonial reception at the
Presidential Palace in New Delhi while Israeli PM Netanyahu listens to him.

But he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant. The run-up was clouded by India joining more than 100 countries at the United Nations in voting last month to condemn Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “Naturally I am disappointed but I think this visit is a testament to the fact that our relationship is moving forward on so many fronts,” Netanyahu said in the interview. Ahead of the visit, India also canceled a $500 million deal for Israeli Spike anti-tank missiles. Israel exports an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year to India, but Modi wants to end India’s status as the world’s top defense importer. But Netanyahu was again optimistic on the missile deal. “I hope that this visit can help resolve this issue because I think there is a reasonable chance we can reach an equitable solution,” he said. Declaring that no details could be given until the end of his tour, Netanyahu added: “Our defense relationship is quite significant and it encompasses many things. “I think the keyword is defense. We want to defend ourselves. We are not aggressive nations, but very committed to making sure that no one can commit aggression against us.”

AGRA: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the memorial of love Taj Mahal.

Agreements signed India and Israel signed a number of agreements to take the relationship to a new level in the next 25 years. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held delegation-level talks in New Delhi on Monday and inked nine agreements including on cyber security, agriculture, water, research and development, homeland security, trade and people-to-people contact. “In the next 25 years the two respective countries should strive to raise bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors to a qualitatively new level in consonance with our strategic partnership,” the joint statement issued after the meeting said.
There was a visible camaraderie between the two leaders who were meeting each other after a gap of six months with Netanyahu addressing the Indian prime minister by his first name. In a joint press conference after the official level talks, Modi said that “thriving two-way trade and investment is an integral part of our vision for a strong partnership.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and I agreed on the need to do more in this direction.” The two countries signed nine Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in various sectors, including cyber security, energy and medicine.

DEMOCRACY: Despite good and trustworthy relations between the government and people of India and Israel, members of India’s various left parties and civilian bodies were allowed to express their feelings. In pictures, protestors are seen holding placards and shout slogans against the visit of Israeli PM Netanyahu in Mumbai.

Netanyahu, who is on a six-day visit to India also received a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Revolutionary leader The Israeli prime minister called Modi “a revolutionary leader” and said that “Jews in India have never witnessed anti Semitism like in some other countries; this is a tribute to India’s great civilization, tolerance and democracy. My wife and I are very happy that we are going to Bollywood.” The statement also underlined the importance of “joint ventures” in the defense sector under the “Make in India” initiative and set the direction for developing more business models and partnerships for “joint ventures and joint manufacturing, including transfer of technology as well as joint research and development in defense and security fields.”
Islamic radicalisation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night stressed the need to strengthen the political alliances to take on “Islamic radicalisation which is a threat to the international systems”. Netanyahu was delivering the inaugural address at the Raisina Dialogue 2018, organised by the Ministry of ExternalAffairs (MEA) and Observer Research Foundation here today.
The Israeli Prime Minister said his country is trying to strengthen political alliances with like-minded countries across the world, from America, Latin America, Africa, Australia and Asia, especially with democracies. He emphasised that Israel’s relationship with India is very special and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking it to a new level.
Netanyahu’s address was listened to by Prime Minister Modi who sat along with EAM Sushma Swaraj in the specialfront row. Saying the weak do not survive, but only the strong, and only the strong are respected, Netanyahu said strong territorial power is very important and for that, the country needs to develop a strong economy.
Visit to Taj Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on Tuesday visited Taj Mahal inAgra.The duo also posed for shutterbugs as he visited the iconic monument. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who welcomed Netanyahu and family at Kheria airbase in Agra, did not accompany him to Taj Mahal. Instead, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader stayed back at his hotel while the Israeli PM visited Taj Mahal.
He was accorded a traditional welcome by Braj folk artists on his arrival at the airport, the chief minister’s office said on Twitter. The dignitaries spent some time at Hotel Amar Vilas before leaving for the monument in golf carts. In view of the Israeli prime minister’s visit, the Taj Mahal remained closed for over two hours for tourists. The route from the Kheria Airport to the Taj Mahal was sealed and extra security arrangements were made. Welcome in Delhi Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on Sunday for the first visit by an Israeli leader to India in 15 years, promising closer ties with the regional power.
The visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations, but comes just weeks after India voted in favour of a United Nations resolution denouncing United States President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Netanyahu and his wife Sara were welcomed at the international airport in New Delhi by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made history in July 2017 when he became the first Indian leader to visit Israel. Netanyahu is only the second Israeli PM to visit India and the first since Ariel Sharon in 2003.