"We have chose to cooperate in so many areas, but there is really one area that really guarantees the future and PM Modi speaks of it all the time, it's the young people, the young people of India and Israel", he said. Indian and Israel have strengthened their relations and inked several agreements in the fields of agriculture, water and technology.
Modi and Netanyahu have sought to extend Indian-Israeli cooperation beyond the billions of dollars in defence deals between them during the three-day visit. In April, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries signed a almost $2 billion deal to supply India's army and navy with missile defense systems, making it the biggest defense contract in Israel's history.
Later Wednesday, Modi addressed a gathering of thousands of Israelis of Indian descent in Tel Aviv, where event-goers were treated to a performance by a popular Bollywood singer. Israel is considered one of the pioneers in the water technology that turns sea water into drinkable water. "We have created a separate ministry only for skill development", Modi said.
The deepening India-Israel bilateral has expectedly rattled certain nations and is likely to bring profound changes in the geo-strategic balance.
The two world leaders casually waded into ankle-deep water barefoot and showed the globe that politics can be cool.
"What a great day, the first day of a historic journey - your visit, my friend, Prime Minister Modi, to Israel".
Since coming into office after India's 2014 general elections, Modi has conducted a staggering 66 foreign visits, which the government has touted as garnering huge successes for the country's economy and military. A report by Accenture and Nasscom said cross-border investments between Israel and India could produce as much as $25 billion in sales by 2025. The aim is to have a plan ready for Netanyahu's visit to India tentatively scheduled for late this year, the official said. "We will make a proposal to the Israeli government to open a cultural centre in Vadodara".
"He had something cheerful to say about the Bene Israel, the Cochinis, the Baghdadis, the Bnei Menashe but also did not disappoint Indian students and a small group of caregivers who work in Israel", Brajesh, a student from Bihar at the Hebrew University noted.