India-Israel bonhomie: Netanyahu has a special gift for PM Modi

RSTV Bureau
Olga Beach: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the Olga Beach in Israel, July 6, 2017. PTI/PIB

Olga Beach: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the Olga Beach in Israel, July 6, 2017.
PTI/PIB

Visiting Israeli Prime Minister will present his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi a special gift – the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification jeep the two leaders rode on at Israel’s Olga beach last year.

The jeep has reached India and is on its way to Bhuj in Gujarat where it will be presented to Modi, say sources.

“There will be a live demonstration of desalination of sea water that the two Prime administers will witness through video conferencing from the iCreate centre on Janaury 17,” sources said.

Netanyahu and Modi waded into the Mediterranean Sea and rode the “buggy” jeep on the coast during the latter’s visit to Israel in July last year.

The jeep is said to cost around 390,000 shekels (approximately USD 111,000).

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a media interaction at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on  Monday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a media interaction at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

Gal-Mobile is an independent, integrated water purification vehicle, designed to produce high-quality drinking water. It can be useful in natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, military use in difficult terrain and rural areas to provide drinkable water.

It can purify up to 20,000 litres per day of sea water and 80,000 litres per day of brackish/muddy or contaminated river water and bring it to WHO standards.

Modi and Netanyahu had witnessed the demonstration of sea water purification technology pioneered by Israel at a water desalination unit on the Olga Beach during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel.

“When you and I walked shoeless along the Mediterranean shore, we drank sea water that was purified before our eyes using technology that will save untold lives. India and Israel are working together to provide clean water, to increase crop yields, to keep our people safe from terrorism and other challenges to the future we both seek,” Netanyahu said yesterday in New Delhi.

Modi at the India-Israel Business Summit yesterday said Israel’s technology for land, water or space has won appreciation.

“In fact, hailing from a water deficient state in India, I have particularly admired Israel’s water efficiency,” he had said.

(With inputs from agencies)