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"A final-status agreement should respect the sentiments and address demands of all affected parties", said Modi, who will travel to Israel tomorrow on a three-day visit - the first-ever by an Indian Prime Minister. In this context, after Israel Modi would do well to undertake an official visit to Morocco to strengthen New Delhi-Rabat ties for mutual benefit and strategic gains. But, India now hopes to leverage its relationship with Israel to attract more investment, and gain from Israeli cutting-edge technology and defence. Modi is skipping a visit to Palestine during his trip.

Israel, always in search of allies to vote in its favour at United Nations bodies as well as business partners, has been portraying the visit as historic. "All like-minded countries, like India and Israel, have to make a concerted effort".

India's increase in defense spending with Israel comes at the same time it has been signed major defense deals with Russian Federation.

Modi reminded the gathering that Tuesday was the 41st anniversary of Operation Entebbe, Israel's daring mission to rescue more than 100 passengers of an airliner that was hijacked to Entebbe airport in Uganda.

They acted carefully, diplomatic analysts say, so as to not to upset its large Muslim minority, and Arab states and Iran upon which India relies for its vast imports of oil. Modi also becomes the first Prime Minister to visit Israel. Foreign leaders like President Trump ensure that a visit to Israel must be reciprocated with a meeting with the Palestinian leadership.

"Building a strong and resilient relationship with Israel will be my intent and focus.We have to secure our societies against the common threat of terrorism", Modi said.

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"Both Prime Ministers have taken hard stands against terror and have always urged humanitarian forces to unite and uproot all forms of terror, extremism and radicalisation", the official said. "India and Israel could cooperate even more closely and complement each other's efforts to fight with the menace of terrorism", the Indian leader added. These include a community reception on July 5, expected to be attended by over 4,000 Indians living in Israel, and later with Indian students there. "Israel, Europe and America do not sell to China, and that's really the biggest aspect of that India and Israel relationship".

One can "expect mega defence and security deals, and perhaps some tie ups in water management and agriculture".

The farm named a breed of chrysanthemum after PM Modi.

Netanyahu also referred to the importance of IT in both countries, saying the two most spoken languages in Silicon Valley are Hindi and Hebrew.

India recently cleared a massive deal worth over Rs 17,000 crore for developing Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MR-SAM) for the Army.

"I, and my government work with the motto of 'Together with all, development for all", he added.


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