ShalomNamaste Mrs. & Mr. Benjamin NetanyahuThe Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu along with his wife has started his official visit to India. After a long gap of 15 years, he has become the second Israeli Prime Minister to visit India. The previous official visit was during the tenure of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, another BJP Prime Minister.
Throughout the ages, India has welcomed the Jews to settle in India. Even now, some Jewish families are living in India very peacefully in Kochi, Mumbai and perhaps in Mizoram. The biggest Synagogue in India is at Kochi.
Despite India's various anti-Israeli and pro-Arab stance due to Nehruvian foreign policy, Israel never acted against the interest of India. Despite minimum diplomatic relationship, Israel has helped India on many occasions, either directly and indirectly.
Due to the strong and decisive leadership of India's present Prime Minister, a new era has begun in Indo-Israeli friendship. I expect that the friendship will mutually benefit both countries in different areas including defence matters and anti-terrorism operations.
So, we must say to Mrs. & Mr. Netanyahu: "ShalomNamaste".