India-Israel friendship is a match made in heaven: Netanyahu

RSTV Bureau
Mumbai : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Mosche Holtzberg and his grand-parents after unveiling the Living Memorial in commemoration of the victims of the 26/11 attacks, at the Chabad House in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI Photo

Mumbai : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Mosche Holtzberg and his grand-parents after unveiling the Living Memorial in commemoration of the victims of the 26/11 attacks, at the Chabad House in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI Photo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday termed his country’s partnership with India as one “made in heaven”, which rests on shared values of love for humanity, democracy and freedom.

Addressing the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai, Netanyahu mentioned the “deep personal friendship” he shares with Narendra Modi, adding that the warmth goes deeper, right up to the common man.

“We are the two oldest cultures on earth. We are democracies, we share our love for freedom, and we share our love for humanity. We are truly your partners. This is a partnership made in heaven,” Netanyahu said on the last leg of his six-day visit.

Earlier in the day at the ‘power breakfast’ with business leaders Netanyahu said that partnership between Israel and India is doing wonders and urged them to focus on innovation.

“It is very, very crucial today for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet up, because the future belongs to those who innovate,” Netanyahu said in his opening remarks at the power breakfast at the iconic Taj hotel.

“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,” he said.

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.

Later in the day Netanyahu met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg whose parents were killed along with six others at Chabad House during the 26/11 terror attacks.  Addressing people there Netanyahu called Chabad House a unique blend of love and hatred towards the people of Israel.  “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, along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis paid tribute to the terror attack victims, that claimed 166 lives, at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

(With inputs from agencies)