A day after flying kite with PM Narendra Modi, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday recalled India’s 1983 cricket World Cup win in a bid to hail the country’s competitive efforts. “India also knows the value of competition and the glory of competition. How many of you know who won the 1983 World Cup?” he asked. “If you were not in London then you must be on streets honking when India defeated West Indies. That is competition,” he said further. Netanyahu made these comments while addressing top Indian CEOs and head honchos for a power breakfast in Mumbai. While addressing the gathering, Netanyahu said, “Future belongs to those who innovate. Our job is to encourage you to innovate. The partnership between India and Israel is doing wonders”.
Netanyahu interacted with business leaders at the iconic Taj hotel overlooking the Arabia Sea. Some of the top business leaders including Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Harsh Goenka, Adi Godrej, Ashok Hinduja, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar were present at the event. The business forum was also attended by Israeli business persons.
In another such gesture, Netanyahu met the 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, the Israeli child whose father Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and mother Rivka were killed at the Nariman House during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Later, Netanyahu is scheduled for a meeting with Bollywood personalities, his final engagement before returning home on Friday morning. Netanyahu arrived in Mumbai earlier in the day from Ahmedabad. He was received at the airport by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and senior officials.
The Israeli PM said partnership with India is doing wonders, adding that he has a strong bonding with his Indian counterpart. Speaking at the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai, Netanyahu said, Israel is an innovation nation, India is an innovation nation. The two innovation nations must come together to define the future.” Talking about his visit to Gujarat, the Israeli Prime Minister mentioned about a 14-year-old boy, who has created a landmines identifier drone.
On Wednesday, Modi and Netanyahu held a Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Throughout the route of the roadshow, around 50 stages were erected to showcase various performances from different states. Later, Netanyahu and his wife also tried their hands at kite flying in the presence of Modi. Modi had extended an almost similar welcome to the Japanese premier during his visit to India last September. PM Modi was also given a red carpet welcome of similar altitude when he visited Israel last year.