Ahead of India visit, here’s Israeli PM’s special gift to ‘friend’ Modi

RSTV Bureau
Olga Beach: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the Olga Beach in Israel on Thursday. PTI Photo / PIB

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present a special gift – the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification jeep – to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to India starting January 14, according to sources here.

Netanyahu and Modi had struck a warm friendship chord during latter’s visit to Israel last year July. The two had even waded into the Mediterranean Sea and rode the “buggy” jeep.

The same jeep, costing around 390,000 shekels (approx USD 111,000) will be gifted to Modi now.

As Netanyahu prepares for his four day visit to India, sources confirmed that the jeep has “indeed” left for India and “would be arriving on time” to be presented by the Israeli Prime Minister to Modi.

“I am thankful to Bibi (Netanyahu) because the vehicle which I saw today, particularly during a natural calamity when people are suffering (shortage of) drinking water…Can provide drinking water,” Modi had said after the demonstration.

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

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

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.

The camaraderie between the two leaders was on full display as they spent some time on the beach and had a long chat standing ankle deep in the waters with waves hitting their feet.

“There’s nothing like going to the beach with friends!,” the Israeli leader had later tweeted.

(With inputs from PTI)