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  1. Benjamin Netanyahu visit to India: Israel PM, wife Sara to woo Indian film industry in Shalom Bollywood

Benjamin Netanyahu visit to India: Israel PM, wife Sara to woo Indian film industry in Shalom Bollywood

Benjamin Netanyahu visit to India: Israel PM Netanyahu and his wife are fond of Indian film and therefore the move to woo Bollywood is more political than personal.

By: | Published: January 9, 2018 8:26 AM
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara is planning to visit India this January. (Reuters)

Benjamin Netanyahu visit to India: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara is planning to visit India this January. During Netanyahu’s four-day visit to India which will begin from January 14, PM will meet the who’s who of the Indian film industry in a specially-choreographed event – Shalom Bollywood. As the country fights cultural boycott in the world of the global entertainment business, the Israeli government is trying to get Bollywood’s A-listers, including top directors and producers, to attend the event, reported the Indian Express. The event is likely to be held in Mumbai on January 18. The couple will also visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal on January 16.

Sources said that Netanyahu and his wife are fond of Indian film and therefore the move to woo Bollywood is more political than personal. The ultimate goal is to fight the ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS) campaign against Israel, which has tried to isolate the country. As per the report, a source said that the Israelis are looking at Bollywood to fight the global BDS movement, which has impacted them. This event is aimed at getting movie producers to shoot in some of Israel’s picturesque locations, the source added. The BDS movement began when a coalition of 170 Palestinian civil society groups issued a call to “people of conscience” around the world on July 9, 2005.

Apart from this, PM Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks in Delhi on January 15, will also accompany Netanyahu to Ahmedabad on January 17. They will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, where Modi earlier took Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Besides, Netanyahu will also meet top corporate leaders in Mumbai and will also visit Chabad House. Moshe Holtzberg — who was just two years old when his parents, Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg, serving as emissaries of Chabad in Mumbai, were killed along with six others at Chabad House in the 2008 terror attacks — will also be there, accompanied by his grandparents.

Sources said Netanyahu will appeal to Bollywood to come and shoot films in Israel and offer tax breaks and facilitation. As Bollywood is known to work wonders for tourism in the country, the collateral is believed to benefit in creating jobs in Israel.

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