PM Narendra Modi was accorded a special welcome by Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who greeted him in Hindi, “Aapka swagat hai, mere dost.” His entire cabinet and representatives of various religious orders were at the airport to greet the Indian Prime Minister.
"I remember what you told me in our first meeting - when it comes to India and Israel relations, the sky is the limit. But now, prime minister, let me add even sky is not the limit. We are also cooperating in space," PM Netanyahu told his Indian counterpart.
"Building a strong and resilient relationship with Israel will be my intent and focus...We have to secure our societies against the common threat of terrorism,” stated PM Modi.
It is politically significant that India which has customarily supported Palestine, is now hoping to attract more investment from Israel and benefit from its advanced technology and defence. The two prime ministers will extensively discuss the entire range of bilateral partnership and ways to reinforce it in a mutually beneficial way.
India signed a nearly $2 billion missile defence contract with Israel in April 2017, for providing advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile systems (MRSAM) and long-range air and missile defence systems (LRSAM). Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said that this deal was the single largest contract in Israel’s defence industry’s history.