Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu interacted with business leaders at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea on Thursday. Photo: PTI
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu interacted with business leaders at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea on Thursday. Photo: PTI

Netanyahu in Mumbai: Chabad House a unique blend of love and hatred, says Israeli PM

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Mumbai before he wraps up his six-day visit to India. Here are the latest developments and updates

NEW DELHI : New Delhi: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Mumbai before his six-day visit to the country wraps up. During his stay in India’s financial capital, Netanyahu is scheduled to meet top business leaders for a power breakfast, and address the India-Israel Business Summit. Thereafter, the Israeli PM is scheduled to visit the memorial for the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks and also go to the nearby Nariman House, where he will meet 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, who has especially come from Israel to join the event. Later in the day, Netanyahu will attend the ‘Shalom Bollywood’ event. Netanyahu will leave for Israel in early hours tomorrow.Here are the latest updates and developments from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Mumbai visit:

18 Jan 2018, 05:30:00 PM IST

Chabad House a unique blend of love and hatred: Netanyahu

The Chabad House is a unique blend of love and hatred towards the people of Israel, the country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said on Thursday. He was addressing people at the Chabad House, or the Nariman House, after meeting 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg. “This place is a unique merge between love for Israeli people and the hatred towards the people of Israel. The nation of Israel is known for salvation,” Netanyahu told the gathering in Hebrew. The Israeli prime minister thanked Moshe for hosting him and showing him his room in the Chabad House. “Your parents showed love to the people and welcomed all to this house. They provided for every Jew a home. This is loving Israel but terrorists showed hatred towards Israel,” he said. Netanyahu said the terrorists could not harm Moshe because of the love shown by his nanny. “In the past, the Jewish people have witnessed a lot of challenges but with the help of God they overcame everything. The people of Israel are living and will live forever,” he said. (PTI)

18 Jan 2018, 04:32:00 PM IST

Netanyahu credits conscription for better innovation in Israel

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday credited conscription for his country’s ability to innovate, saying compulsory military service provided “real education” to people. “You may think our genius is the result of our education system possibly. I don’t think it is (the) best. But our real educational system is in the Army,” Netanyahu said, addressing the India-Israel Business Summit. “We bring in a whole chunk of our population into the Army, we give them tests and we then allow them to rush into these technological schools by the time they are out of the Army at the age of 21 or 22,” he said. They acquire an enormous amount of experience and knowledge and can start their own business, Netanyahu said. “This talent has been existing in Israel for long, but we could not get anywhere. Why couldn’t we get anywhere? We were limited by bureaucracy,” the Israeli leader said. (PTI)

18 Jan 2018, 03:45:00 PM IST

Netanyahu meets 26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg at Nariman House

18 Jan 2018, 03:38:00 PM IST

Netanyahu pays tributes to 26/11 terror attack victims

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday paid tributes to the victims of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. Netanyahu, along with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, laid wreath at the memorial of the terror attack victims, that claimed 166 lives, at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in south Mumbai under a heavy security blanket. The Israeli prime minister also wrote a message in the visitor’s book at the place. Netanyahu will later visit the nearby Nariman House, where he will meet 11-year-old Israeli boy Moshe Holtzberg. Moshe came to Mumbai on Tuesday, returning to the place where he was orphaned nine years ago in the terror attack. (PTI)

18 Jan 2018, 03:09:00 PM IST

Israel’s PM says India reconsidering shelved missile deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted late Wednesday that following his talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Indian government informed the Israeli side that it’s putting the deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd back on the track. “This is very important for us and there will be many more deals,” he said, without giving details.Israel is India’s third-largest supplier of weapons after the United States and Russia. Last year, Israel’s state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries announced over $2 billion in air and missile-defense contracts with India. India also is a key buyer of Israeli drones with a fleet of more than 150 Israeli-made UAVs. An Israeli firm is also expected to supply a naval defense system for India’s first aircraft carrier, which is under construction. (AP)

18 Jan 2018, 02:26:00 PM IST

Netanyahu to meet Jewish community today

Israeli PM Netanyahu will also lay a wreath at the memorial for the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks later today. He will then proceed to the nearby Nariman House, where he will meet 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg. Moshe’s father Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and mother Rivka were killed at the Nariman House during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The Jewish couple ran a cultural and outreach centre for the Chabad-Lubavitch movement at the Nariman House in south Mumbai’s Colaba area. Netanyahu will later meet around 25 to 30 members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel. There are about 5,000 members of the Jewish community living in India, but most of them call Mumbai their home. The city earlier had a sizable Jewish population, but around 33,000 Jews migrated when Israel was created. Mumbai has three distinct Jewish communities—Bene Israel Jews, Baghdadi Jews and the Malabar Jews. For them, the visit by the Israeli prime minister is about reconnecting with old friends and strengthening old bonds. (PTI)

18 Jan 2018, 01:32:00 PM IST

India-Israel trade surges to $5billion in 2016-17

Israeli PM Netanyahu is accompanied by a 130-member business delegation representing 102 companies, with a focus on the agriculture, defence and cyber security sectors. Till now, the visit has seen agreements and comments on innovation, strengthening the start-up innovation system, information technology, defence, electric vehicles and agriculture sectors. The bilateral trade between the countries increased to $5 billion in 2016-17 from $4.91 billion in the previous fiscal. India has received total FDI of $130 million from Israel during April 2000 to September 2017 period. (PTI)

18 Jan 2018, 01:07:00 PM IST

Netanyahu addresses India-Israel business summit in Mumbai

18 Jan 2018, 12:48:00 PM IST

India, Israel a match made in heaven: Netanyahu

Addressing the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that the two countries are a “match made in heaven.”“India and Israel democracies, share love for freedom; We are a match made in heaven,” PTI quoted Netanyahu as saying at the business summit.The Israel PM also added that “Indo-Israel partnership is reaching unprecedented heights and this is beginning of a wonderful friendship, possibilities are boundless.”Netanyahu also said that he is not worried about Syria, but “15 nations like US and Singapore ahead of Israel in World Bank competitive index make me lose sleep.”

18 Jan 2018, 11:46:00 AM IST

Future belongs to those who innovate: Netanyahu to India Inc

Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday asked business leaders to focus on innovation. “The future belongs to those who innovate,” Netanyahu said in his opening remarks at a power breakfast with top corporate honchos at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabia Sea. “It is very, very crucial today for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet up, because the future belongs to those who innovate. We in Israel are seizing the future, you in India are seizing the future. Together, you will get there a lot quicker and also get a lot further. Innovation doesn’t happen by itself. Some of it does. But it can be nurtured, it can encouraged. It also can be discouraged. The job of governments like that of Prime Minister Modi and my own government is to facilitate your competitive advantages and ability to innovate,” Netanyahu said at the first of his numerous assignments for the day as he wraps up his four-day India visit. Business leaders who were present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej, Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar. (PTI)

18 Jan 2018, 11:35:00 AM IST

Netanyahu meets business leaders over power breakfast

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday met top leadership of India Inc. for a power breakfast, the first of his numerous assignments for the day as he wraps up his six-day India visit. Netanyahu interacted with business leaders at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabia Sea. This will be followed by his address to the India-Israel Business Summit, also at the same venue. Business leaders who were present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej, Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar. (PTI)

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