Narendra Modi's historic Israel visitAt last the historic visit has commenced! Despite repeated opposition to this visit by the liberal and secular intelligentsia of the country, India's Prime Minister's state visit to Israel has been succeful. Narendra Modi received warm and cordial welcome from Benjamin Netanyahu, his Israeli counterpart.
India and Israel signed many agreements regarding cooperation in various fields like military, agriculture, combating terrorism, etc. The three issues are extremely important for India because Israel is known for military technology and scientific agricultural practices. So far as combating terrorism is concerned, both the countries have been suffering from same type of religious terrorism. In fact very few Indians know that Benjamin Netanyahu's own brother Yonatan Netanyahu was a member of the Israeli commando team which attacked the Palestinian terrorists at Uganda who hijacked a Israeli plane in close co-operation with Idi Amin and many other Arab leaders. The operation is one of the most famous anti-terror operations of the world and is famous as Operation Thunderbolt. All students of International Terrorism of the world have to study the Operation. The operation was successful, but Yonathan died during the last phase of the operation (1976).
I sincerely and fervently hope that India-Israel co-operation grows rapidly for the benefit of both the countries.