Laying the foundation of a new chapter in relations with Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his visit on Tuesday, receiving an extraordinary welcome by the Jewish nation. The personal chemistry and the warmth between Modi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was apparent in their remarks and their hugs.
Reflecting the importance that Israel is according to the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister since Israel’s establishment 70 years ago, the host nation pulled out all stops to welcome Modi — Netanyahu broke protocol to come to the Ben Gurion airport, an honour reserved only for the US President and the Pope; Netanyahu’s entire Cabinet was also present as were representatives of various religious orders.
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Several high-level official visits to Israel preceded Modi’s tour. These included visits by L.K. Advani in 2000, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2008, Rajnath Singh in 2014, Pranab Mukherjee in 2015
An Indo-Israel agriculture action plan for 2015-18 is operational, and 15 of the proposed 26 centres of excellence in agriculture are being developed in India with Israel's help
Israel developed water-management technologies located in semi-arid region with limited sources of fresh drinking water
Israel was India’s 38th-largest trading partner, with trade of $5.02 billion (Rs 33,634 crore) in 2016-17.