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Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

05 July 2017

Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a working meeting and lunch with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Seven agreements were signed and a joint statement was issued..


Indian Prime Minister Modi invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to make an official visit to India; the latter accepted the invitation.


Prime Minister Netanyahu:


"What a great day, the first day of a historic journey – your visit, my friend, Prime Minister Modi, to Israel. You are making history. We are making history together.


This is a deeply moving moment for me, both in personal, but also in national and international terms.


I have a feeling that today, India and Israel are changing our world and maybe changing parts of the world. Because this is a cooperation, it's a marriage really made in Heaven but we're implementing it here on Earth.


We discussed in our meetings yesterday and today, just now, with several of our ministers and your delegation, we spoke about so many fields where we think we can make a big difference – a big difference in water and agriculture and health, in every field, in so many fields, in the fields that affect the lives of our people, their well-being, their employment possibilities, the longevity of their lives and how they live it.


So we have decided, because Prime Minister Modi and I are I think not only wedded to visions, but we like to have our feet connected. We try to look to the distance but have our feet firmly planted on the ground. We have empowered our staffs to bring us concrete plans in these diverse areas by the first of January. So this is very practical.


We're going to seek to bring to fruition these various areas which can truly revolutionize our relationship but also the lives of many, many millions of people, both in India – in India, it's many hundreds of millions of people – but we're talking about beyond that even. We're talking about also cooperation in third countries and actually working together to better the future of the people of Africa. India is present there, Israel is present and coming in to Africa and we think that by joining forces in various areas that I just discussed and others, we can help the people of Africa as well. So this is very, very exciting and it shows you how we are seizing the future.


We also recognize that we are being challenged. We are being challenged by the forces of terror, the forces of terror that seeks to undermine our world, our countries, the peace and stability of our common civilization and we have agreed to cooperate in this area as well.


I have to say that from this meeting we shall be meeting young Moishe Holtzberg who is a survivor of the horrible terror attack in Mumbai and I thank you, Prime Minister, for making this important gesture. But this is an expression of our commitment to fight the bad and work for the good, and I think this is what marks this visit. It's a partnership to seek the good, to defend the good, to achieve the good.


And this is a good day.


Welcome, my friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi."







India-Israel Joint Statement


            Marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India visited Israel from 4-6 July 2017 at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.  This historic first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel solidified the enduring friendship between their peoples and raised the bilateral relationship to that of a strategic partnership.

2.         Noting that they represent two cradles of civilizations that have nurtured their respective heritages over the centuries, the two leaders affirmed their intention to build a broad-based relationship that will realise the full potential of their association. In doing so, they recognized that throughout history, the Jewish Communities have always had a home in India and have been treated with warmth and respect. 

3.         Reviewing the development of the relationship after a quarter century of diplomatic ties, the two leaders agreed on initiatives and policies that would reflect the goals and aspirations of both nations and widen their collaborative endeavours in a broad range of areas.  They visualized that the two countries will become close partners in development, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, defence and security. 

4.         Recognizing its centrality for development, India and Israel agreed to establish a “Strategic Partnership in Water and Agriculture”.  This will focus on water conservation, waste-water treatment and its reuse for agriculture, desalination, water utility reforms, and the cleaning of the Ganges and other rivers using advanced water technologies.  It will also include the reinforcement and expansion of the existing Centres of Excellence (COE) under the stewardship of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) and the Ministry of Agriculture of India to promote commercially viable business models involving Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs); the provision of quality planting material; and the transfer of post-harvest technical know-how and market linkages involving the private sector through PPP, B2B & other models. The two leaders also agreed on the establishment of a Joint Working Group to steer this Partnership.

5.         The two Prime Ministers noted the importance of realizing the full potential of bilateral trade and investment.  They tasked the India-Israel CEO Forum to come up with early recommendations in this regard. Both leaders underlined the need to boost bilateral cooperation in innovation and entrepreneurship and called for greater collaboration in the field of start-ups. 

6.         Recognizing the importance of facilitating movement of businessmen and women, India and Israel underlined their expectation that the granting of multiple entry visas to business people for up to five years will encourage greater economic and commercial exchanges.

7.         The two Prime Ministers agreed that negotiations would be conducted on an agreement for the Protection of Investments in order to encourage bilateral investments from both sides.

8.         The two Prime Ministers welcomed the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding for establishing the India-Israel Industrial R&D and Innovation Fund (I4F) by the Department of Science and Technology, India and the National Authority for Technological Innovation, Israel with a contribution of US$ 20 million from each side.  This MoU will play a seminal role in enabling Indian and Israeli enterprises to undertake joint R&D projects leading to development of innovative technologies and products that have potential for commercial application.

9.         Recognising the importance of fostering wide ranging knowledge-business partnership for industries, R&D institutions and government agencies from both countries, Israel warmly welcomed India’s offer to be the “Partner Country” for the annual Technology Summit to be held in India in 2018. 

10.       Both leaders welcomed the ongoing cooperation between the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). They expressed satisfaction over the signing of three MoUs and Plan of Cooperation in the areas of Cooperation in Atomic Clocks; GEO-LEO Optical Link; Academic collaboration and Electric propulsion for small satellites which would further enhance cooperation between the two countries. They also encouraged the two Space Agencies to further enhance the growing relationship for mutual benefit. The two leaders acknowledged  that the recent launching by ISRO of an Israeli nano satellite is an important milestone in this arena.

11.       The Prime Ministers noted with satisfaction that both sides have agreed to upgrade their scientific and technological collaboration by supporting joint research and development projects in the cutting edge areas, including ‘Big Data Analytics in Health Care’. They directed the India-Israel Joint Committee on Science and Technology to explore the possibility of further advancement of scientific collaboration including setting up of Networked Centres of Research Excellence in the cutting edge areas of mutual strength and interest.

12.       Reaffirming the importance of bilateral defence cooperation over the years, it was agreed that future developments in this sphere should focus on joint development of defence products, including transfer of technology from Israel, with a special emphasis on the 'Make in India' initiative.

13.       India and Israel are committed to promote security and stability in cyberspace on both the governmental and private levels. The Prime Ministers emphasized the importance of enhanced dialogue between their national cyber authorities and expressed their commitment to expand and accelerate their cooperation in this sphere including laying a mutual roadmap for its implementation. Both sides also recognise the value of enhancing and further institutionalising their broad-based cooperation on cyber issues through a Framework for cooperation in the area of cyber security.

14.       Recognizing that terrorism poses a grave threat to global peace and stability, the two Prime Ministers reiterated their strong commitment to combat it in all its forms and manifestations.  They stressed that there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever. The leaders asserted that strong measures should be taken against terrorists, terror organizations, their networks and all those who encourage, support and finance terrorism, or provide sanctuary to terrorists and terror groups. They also underscored the need to ensure that terrorist organizations do not get access to any WMD or technologies. Both leaders also committed to cooperate for the early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT).

15.       Both leaders reaffirmed their commitments as envisaged in the agreement on cooperation on Homeland and Public Security and encouraged the various Working Groups to implement the agreement in an efficient and effective manner.

16.       The two Prime Ministers underlined the importance of enhanced collaboration in the field of Higher Education and Research and agreed to promote this through relevant agreements and the Joint Research Grant Programme.

17.       Noting the importance of growing people to people contacts between India and Israel, the two leaders agreed to facilitate the promotion of travel & tourism in both directions, including through the further enhancement of air links between India and Israel.

18.       Appreciating the contribution of the Jewish community in India and Jews of Indian origin in Israel in bringing the two societies closer, Prime Minister Modi announced the opening of an Indian Cultural Centre in Israel.  This was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Netanyahu who expressed his deep respect for Indian culture and recalled Israel's strong support and sponsorship of PM Modi's initiative to promote the practice of Yoga by designating June 21 as International Yoga Day.


19.       The two Prime Ministers recognized the contribution of Indian care-givers in Israel and expressed their intention to reach a mutually agreed-upon arrangement which will provide for their continued arrival in a regulated manner.

20.       The two Prime Ministers discussed the developments pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process. They underlined the need for the establishment of a just and durable peace in the region. They reaffirmed their support for an early negotiated solution between the sides based on mutual recognition and security arrangements

21.       During the visit, the following Agreements were signed:

  1.         MoU between the Department of Science & Technology, India and National   Technological Innovation Authority, Israel for setting up of India-Israel           Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F).
  2.        MoU between the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Republic of           India and the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water       Resources of the State of Israel on National Campaign for Water             Conservation in India

iii         MoU between U.P. Jal Nigam, Government of Uttar Pradesh, of the Republic             of India and the Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water       Resources of the State of Israel on State Water Utility Reform in India

iv         India-Israel Development Cooperation - Three Year Work Program in Agriculture 2018-2020

v          Plan of Cooperation Between the Indian Space Research Organisation          (ISRO) and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) regarding cooperation in Atomic    Clocks

vi         MoU between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Israel            Space Agency (ISA)regarding cooperation in GEO-LEO Optical Link

vii        MoU between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Israel            Space Agency (ISA) regarding cooperation in Electric Propulsion for Small      Satellites

22.       Prime Minister Modi thanked the people and Government of Israel for their gracious hospitality and extended a warm invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit India at a mutually convenient time.  Prime Minister Netanyahu accepted the invitation.