Prime Minister Narendra Modi to author book on dealing with exam stress

Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are likely to announce a joint fund for encouraging private companies of the two nations to focus more on innovation and research and development

Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are likely to announce a joint fund for encouraging private companies of the two nations to focus more on innovation and research and development

On the eve of his unprecedented visit to Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said he will discuss with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu the common challenges like terrorism and ways to boost the economic ties.

This will be the first ever prime ministerial visit from India to Israel.

With regard to fighting terrorism, Modi said "One can not let people who want to commit violent acts against innocent people flourish, and India and Israel see eye-to-eye on this". On top of that, India and Israel are also expected to announce strategic partnerships in areas such as water, agriculture and space technology etc during this visit.

As argued in an earlier Firstpost report, India has finally shed its hesitation in acknowledging its deepening ties with Israel and the visit, though high on symbolism, will seek to take the bilateral ties beyond the conventional emphasis on defence to a broad multi-dimensional relationship. India-Israel cooperation has grown and now India is one of the biggest trading partners of Israel.The Indian Navy is also equipped with the Barak anti-ship missile manufactured in Israel. In the aftermath of the 2014 Gaza massacre many countries turned to other suppliers to avoid civil society protests against arms deals with Israel.

India is being used by Israel as an escape route from the growing boycott movement in the West. India should not allow itself to be used to help perpetuate injustice and oppression elsewhere.

"We are delighted to publish Prime Minister Modi to take his message to the youth of our country". Even before these ties were formalised, Congress led government had approached Israel for military know how during the 1962 war with China, 1965 war and in 1971 with Pakistan. But aside from defense, India holds out massive potential in other areas relevant to Israeli companies and know-how - chiefly agriculture, telecommunications, and water and waste-water treatment.

Israel's integration into the non-western world was delayed by Arab hostility. While Israel will benefit from cooperation, trade and military agreements, its six million people can hardly be considered an export market for India.

Israeli universities and academic institutions offer programmes aimed at students, innovators, and researchers as well as corporate leaders from India.

Agriculture has been one of the key pillars in ties between India and Israel.

When Modi arrives Tuesday, he will be accompanied by the heads of 15 of India's largest companies - including Wipro, Reliance, Adani, Tata, Jain, Infosys and Mahindra. The two countries had in 2016 made a decision to enhance their cooperation in the field of science and technology, including the establishment of a research and development fund with an investment of $20 million.

The shifting grounds in the West Asia and a new overtly pro-Israel establishment in the United States means that India under Modi might steer clear of the thorny question of Palestine now, and veer more towards Israel.

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