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Elovitch is the controlling shareholder of telecommunications firm Bezeq, which also owns online news site Walla! News, where prosecutors say Netanyahu was seeking favorable coverage. Elovitch’s remand was extended in this case, as was that of Nir Hefetz, who was the Netanyahu family spokesman for many years. Prosecutors argued that if the men were freed, they would be able to work together against the investigation. The Judge agreed.

Netanyahu is expected to be questioned over Case 4000 later this week.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to extend an invitation for U.S. President Donald Trump to join him in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day to celebrate the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to invite Donald Trump to Jerusalem for the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem for Israels Independence Day celebrations. May 14 will be the 70-year anniversary of the establishment of the nation of Israel. In January 2018, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Israel and iterated that the U.S. would not open the controversial embassy in Jerusalem until the end of 2019. The expeditious change of plans to expediently make the embassy move has drawn praise from Israeli government officials and drawn the ire of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) officials.

The Jerusalem Post speculated several reasons for the hasty move to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem a lot sooner than expected. Herb Keinon weighed the decision based upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus legal troubles, the PLOs very vocal discontent with the U.S. government, and good logistics. Keinon wrote in the Jerusalem Post, the decision to make the move now is just the result of looking at the options and realize [sic] that it is possible to make the move much earlier if done in stages than originally anticipated.

Prime Minister Netanyahu took to his social media platforms on Saturday to praise and laud the decision of the Trump administration to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14.

Netanyahu stated, This is a great moment for the State of Israel. President Trumps decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem will make our Independence Day celebrations even happier.

Netanyahu was joined by other Israeli government officials that voiced similar pleasure with the American Embassy announcement. The PLO and Hamas were not as pleased with the U.S. plan to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on a quicker timeline. PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat was quoted in Reuters as saying, Trump and his team have disqualified the U.S. from being part of the solution between Israelis and Palestinians; rather, the world now sees that they are part of the problem.

Erekat also went on to state that the United States is determined to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution, and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people, as well as of all Arabs, Muslims, and Christians around the globe.

Hamas officials voiced similar concerns and outrage about the Trump administrations U.S. Embassy decision. Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Kanou spoke in Gaza, stating, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a declaration of war against the Arab and Muslim nation, and the U.S administration must reconsider its move. The Palestinian National Council (PNC) issued an official statement echoing Hamas sentiments that stated, the current American administration will bear the consequences of its decision, which harms the faith and feelings of Arabs and Muslims throughout the world and in humanity in general.

An unnamed U.S. State Department official disclosed to The Times of Israel preliminary plans for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The State Department official stated, The Embassy will initially be located in Arnona [in south Jerusalem], on a compound that currently houses the consular operations of Consulate General Jerusalem. At least initially, it will consist of the ambassador and a small team. U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his staff are expected to relocate from their offices in Tel Aviv to the consular facility located in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is overseeing the development and implementation of security plans to convert the Arnona consular site into an interim U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem until a new facility is built. U.S. billionaire and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has offered to fund the construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on March 5. At this time Netanyahu is expected to formally extend the invitation for Trump to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Israels Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut). Arabs refer to Israels independence day as Nakba Arabic for catastrophe.

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Attorney general will examine evidence and decide whether to indict after police investigation of the prime minister in two cases

Israeli police have recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of bribery and breach of trust, in an embarrassing blow that has thrown the prime ministers political future in doubt.

Following a 14-month investigation into two cases of alleged corruption, the countrys attorney general will examine the evidence and then possibly in several months time decide whether to indict.

The country has been anxiously waiting for the prosecutors recommendation, which local media has speculated could force the prime minister to resign.

A police statement late on Tuesday said that enough evidence had been gathered against the prime minister for committing the crimes of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.

The Israeli PM is embroiled in three cases involving allegations of bribery and misconduct. He denies wrongdoing in every instance.

Case 1000is an investigation into gifts received on a regular basis by Netanyahu and his family from two wealthy businessmen, including cigars and pink champagne.

Case 2000is examining whether Netanyahu behaved improperly during a taped conversation with a newspaper publisher in which he appeared to try to negotiate more sympathetic coverage in return for lowering the circulation of a rival paper.

Case 3000is an inquiry into alleged kickbacks in a deal to buy German submarines. Netanyahu is not a suspect, but he was closely involved in the deal and the case has ensnared members of his inner circle.

Minutes after the news of the police report spread across Israeli media, Netanyahu held a press conference in Jerusalem, vehemently denying any wrongdoing and dismissing rumours that he would step down.

He said the development was the latest in a long list of endeavours to remove him from government. All these attempts end up with nothing because I know the truth. I tell you, also this time, things will end up with nothing.

I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully, he said, adding he plans to run in elections that must be held by the end of next year.

Police have questioned Netanyahu several times at his official residence in Jerusalem during the past few months regarding the two cases in which he is a suspect.

Case 1000, or the so-called gifts affair, involves claims that he and his family received valuable gifts from international billionaires, including expensive cigars, pink champagne and jewellery for his wife. Alleged wealthy benefactors include the Hollywood producer and media magnate Arnon Milchan as well as the Australian businessman James Packer.

In a statement, police said Netanyahu had accepted gifts valued at 750,000 shekels (150,000, $208,300) from Milchan, and 250,000 shekels (or 51,000, $70,822) from Packer. In return, Netanyahu had helped Milchan, a producer who has worked on Pretty Woman and Fight Club, on US visa matters and Israeli tax breaks.

Separately, case 2000 relates to secret talks with the publisher of a leading Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, in which Netanyahu allegedly requested positive coverage in exchange for damaging a competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Police said both Milchan and Mozes could be charged with bribery. Neither made an immediate comment.

Having ruled for close to 12 years during four terms, the 68-year-old leader heads a delicately balanced coalition that keeps him in power.

The former prime minister and Netanyahu political rival Ehud Barak called on Netanyahu to suspend himself and for the coalition to choose a replacement.

The depth of corruption is horrifying, Barak said. This does not look like nothing. This looks like bribery.

A poll by the local Channel 10 found last summer that 66% of Israelis believed the premier should resign if indicted. Weekly demonstrations over the slow pace of the investigations have also added pressure on officers to submit a recommendation.

Last week, the investigation was plunged into controversy when the police commissioner, Inspector General Roni Alsheich, suggested the prime minister had sent private investigators to collect information against police officers investigating him.

Netanyahus office said the outlandish allegations threw a shadow over the corruption investigation. Any honest person would ask himself how people who say such delusional things about the prime minister can objectively investigate him and honestly give unbiased recommendations, his Facebook page said.

On Tuesday evening, the tourism minister, Yariv Levin, suggested the police were attempting to overthrow Netanyahu.

This despicable move revealed tonight is an effort to stage a coup against the will of the voter, Levin says.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017.(photo credit: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON)

NEW YORK Fix it or nix it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, telling the world body that Israels policy on the Iranian nuclear deal is simple: Change it or cancel it.

Netanyahus speech began with enumerating Israels diplomatic breakthroughs, and how the country has significantly improved its relations with many countries because of what it has to offer in terms of technology and anti-terrorism expertise, and ended with a warning that it would not tolerate Irans efforts to establish permanent bases on Israels borders or open new terrorist fronts against Israel in Syria.

Those that threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril, he said. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions.

Netanyahu recalled his ardent opposition to the 2015 nuclear deal and those who said it would somehow moderate Iran.

I strongly disagree, he said.

I warned that when the sanctions will be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed.

Not join the community of nations, but devouring the nations one after the other.

That is precisely what Iran is doing today.

He said that unless the sunset clause was excised from the agreement, Iran would be on its way to become the next North Korea, another rogue state with nuclear capabilities.

In a rhetorical parallel to the Iron Curtain, Netanyahu said an Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East. It spreads this curtain over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere and pledges to extinguish the light of Israel.

But, Netanyahu continued, I have a simple message for Khamenei: The light of Israel will never be extinguished.

During his address, Netanyahu turned directly to the Iranian people, greeted them in Farsi, and said Israel was not their enemy, and that once the regime is changed, the peoples can resume what was a historic friendship.

The prime minister made a point of praising US President Donald Trump a number of times during the address, both for the speech he gave earlier in the day and for his strong support of Israel at the United Nations.

Netanyahu said that in his 30 years of experience with the UN, he has not heard a bolder or more courageous speech than the one Trump delivered on Tuesday.

While Netanyahu did not pull out any props or gimmicks during his speech, he did make a joke about penguins, saying that while he has visited six continents this year, he has not yet visited Antarctica.

I want to go there, too, because I have heard penguins are also enthusiastic supporters of Israel, they have no difficulty recognizing something rare black and white, right and wrong.

When it comes to Israel, he quipped, this power of recognition is too often absent.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met top business leaders for breakfast on Thursday, and paid tributes to the November 2008 terror attack victims during his visit to Mumbai.

Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit at the iconic Taj hotel, and laid a wreath for the 26/11 terror attack victims. He later proceeded to Nariman House, where he met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka were killed during the attacks.

The Israeli Prime Minister met members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel, and attended the Shalom Bollywood event, in which people from the Indian film industry including megastar Amitabh Bachchan took part.

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10:10 pm: Leading figures from Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai, Imtiaz Ali,Ronnie Screwvala, Sara Ali Khan seen with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the Shalom Bollywood event.

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10:00 pm: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala and Karan Johar greet Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

8:40pm: Members of the Raza Academy hold a sit-in protest against Netanyahu outside its office in Byculla in Mumbai, raise slogans against him.

8:30pm: Netanyahu meets representatives of the Hindi film industry at Shalom Bollywood event: PTI.

5:45pm: Netanyahu announces plans to make Chabad House a Living Memorial. The proposed Living Memorial is likely to include rooms on the fifth floor of the building, where Moshe and his parents used to live, and a small terrace garden, while the fourth floor would be converted into a museum.

5:40pm: Your (Moshes) parents showed love to the people and welcomed all to this house. They provided for every Jew a home. This is loving Israel but terrorists showed hatred towards Israel, Netanyahu tells Moshe.

5:30pm: The Chabad House is a unique blend of love and hatred towards the people of Israel. The nation of Israel is known for salvation, says Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister thanks Moshe for hosting him and showing him his room in the Chabad House.

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3.35pm: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets 26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg at Nariman House.

3.17pm: Netanyahu lays wreath at the memorial to 26/11 terror attack victims at Taj Hotel in Mumbai.

3.15pm: Netanyahu arrives at Chabad House. Moshe and Israeli PM to inaugurate 26/11 memorial.

2.47pm: Following the talks I had with my friend Prime Minister @NarendraModi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track. This is very important and there will be many more deals, says Netanyahu.

2.45pm:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets that following his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India informed Israel that it was putting the deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. back on track.

1.46pm: Israels Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon says Netanyahu, while interacting with leaders of the business community, suggested that they contemplate setting up R&D centres in Israel as many international players have already done.

1.30pm: Israels Ministry of Foreign Affairs posts quiz on India-Israel bilateral ties.

1.20pm: Countries like India and Israel if they come together Im sure the fight against terrorism can be intensified and the world can win this fight: CM Fadnavis.

1.08pm: We are also signing an MoU for a huge water grid in Marathwada. We want to collaborate more with Israel for the welfare of our farmers: CM Fadnavis.

1.07pm: Im sure in time to come, we will see many Israeli businesses mainly in technology and agriculture flourishing, collaborating and cooperating with Indian businesses: CM Fadnavis.

1.06pm: Maharashtra is the right place to forge alliance. I look forward to many more alliances between Maharashtra and Israel, says Fadnavis.

1.05pm: Maharashtra is a business leader in India. Maharashtra contributes most to national GDP, the state attracts majority FDI coming into India: CM Fadnavis at India Israel Business Summit.

1.02pm: We acknowledge the role of the Jewish community in Indias journey of development. We are looking forward for more and more cooperation and engagement and wish to take this age old friendship to the next level, says CM Fadnavis.

12.58pm: CM Fadnavis welcomes Netanyahu on behalf of 120 million people of Maharashta, says Mumbai is not only the financial capital of India but also the city of dreams.

12.56pm: We are trying to develop Israel with the changing times and for that we wish to collaborate with our old friend India : Netanyahu.

12.55pm: Indo-Israel partnership reaching unprecedented heights; This is the beginning of a wonderful friendship, and possibilities are boundless: Netanyahu.

12.50pm: India and Israel are democracies, share a love for freedom; we are a match made in heaven: Netanyahu at Business Summit in Mumbai.

12.45pm: CM Devendra Fadnavis meets Israeli PM Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon at the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai.

12.10pm: I also visited iCreate, an impressive hub where brilliant young minds come to solve problems. I was particularly impressed with a 14-year-old boy. This was slumdog millionaire. He produces drone which goes up the sky and identifies landmines, itll save lives: Netanyahu.

12.05pm: India knows the value of competition and the glory of competition. How many of you know who won the 1983 World Cup? If you were not in London, then you must be on streets honking when India defeated West Indies. That is competition, says Netanyahu.

12.01pm: Israel is an innovation nation, India is an innovation nation. The two innovation nations must come together to define the future: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu at India-Israel Business Summit.

11.30am: Israels Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweets video on India-Israel diplomatic ties, says the friendship continues to grow and reach new heights.

11.24am: So it is leaders. It is people. But I think the most important thing is to have it among business leaders and technological leaders and entrepreneurs like yourself. This is the cherry on the pie! What a cherry! I thought we will discuss the cherry, says Netanyahu.

11.23am: There is an instant chemical reaction of tremendous solidarity and identification and I see it in my Facebook followers. They havent changed the algorithm yet and I see it very very strongly. We see it when we walk the streets, the responses that we get here. And Indian citizens, when they come to Israel, they can see it. It is powerful, says Israeli PM.

11.22am: On the partnership between Israel and India, Netanyahu says, It is on the level first of a deep personal friendship between Prime Minister Modi and myself In addition, there is a partnership of genuine sympathy between our people. And that is not obvious. Our two civilisations are very old and we have not met each other in real sense…

11.20am: Innovation doesnt happen by itself. Some of it does. But it can be nurtured, it can be encouraged. It also can be discouraged. The job of governments like that of Prime Minister Modi and my own government is to facilitate your competitive advantages and ability to innovate, says Netanyahu.

11.17am: We in Israel are seizing the future, you in India are seizing the future. Together, you will get there a lot quicker and also get a lot further, says Netanyahu.

11.15am: It is very, very crucial today for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet up, because the future belongs to those who innovate, Netanyahu tells business leaders.

10.45am: Future belongs to those who innovate; innovation doesnt happen by itself, it has to be encouraged: Netanyahu tells business leaders.

10.40am: Business leaders present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej, Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar, reports PTI.

10.38am: Our job is to encourage you to innovate. Partnership between India and Israel is doing wonders. I have a strong personal friendship with PM Modi, says Israeli PM.

10.35am: Netanyahu meets Indian CEOs, says future belongs to those who innovate.

10.23am: The India Palestine Solidarity Forum along with 38 other groups to protest against Netanyahus visit to India at Mumbais Azad Maidan.

10.20am: Netanyahu and Devendra Fadnavis to attend the India-Israel Business Summit at 11.30 at Taj hotel.

9.15am: Maharashtra looks forward to discussions and collaboration with @Israel for development in agriculture, sustainable irrigation and technologies for security ! says Fadnavis.

9.14am: Tomorrow (Thursday), I will be joining Hon @netanyahu in Business Forum Meet in the morning and at wreath laying ceremony at 26/11 memorial in the afternoon, tweets Maharashtra CM Fadnavis.

9.05am: There may be a one-on-one meeting between Fadnavis and Netanyahu after which the Maharashtra chief minister will be hosting a lunch for the Israeli premier and the visiting delegation, sources tell PTI.

9.01am: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend the India-Israel Business Summit at the Taj hotel, PTI reports quoting sources.

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LATEST UPDATES:Speaking at iCreate Center in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modipraised Israel’s technology and said that innovation played a major role in bringing the people of India and Israel together.

After an eight-kilometre roadshow, Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at Sabarmati Ashram. There were no open vehicles in the roadshow cavalcade because of security concerns.

Members of the Gujarati Jewish community are waiting for the arrival of PM Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu outside Ahmedabads Sabarmati Ashram. Around 50 stages have been erected along the stretch and people from different states will welcome Netanyahu, who is on a six-day visit to India.

Heavy security was deployed across the 14-kilometre stretch where Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to hold the roadshow. According to reports, the 14-km stretch will be heavily guarded by security forces including Israeli snipers, 12 teams from ‘Chetak commandos’, Quick Response Teams, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and the Gujarat Police.

Gujarat is set to roll out the red carpet for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in Ahmedabad on Wednesday along with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.The two leaders will hold a roadshow, which will begin from the city airport and end at the Sabarmati Ashram, a journey of eight kilometres.

Around 50 stages will be erected on the roadside along the stretch and people from different states of the country will welcome Netanyahu.The two leaders, who hit it off during Modi’s visit to Israel in July last year, the first by an Indian prime minister, would visit two centres of excellence and inaugurate another such facility.

They will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma stayed for a long time.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at the Raisina Dialogue 2018 in New Delhi. PTI

“Around 50 stages have been built along the roadside on the eight-kilometre stretch. Cultural programmes will be performed by troupes of different states as well as ethnicity to welcome the guests,” Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said. “The Indian Jewish people will also welcome the two leaders,” he said.

The city, especially the stretch from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram, has been decked up to welcome Netanyahu along with his wife Sara.

Modi and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe had also held a joint roadshow during the latter’s visit here in September last year. The Indian premier had shown Abe and his wife around at the Sabarmati Ashram.They had also spent some time at the Sabarmati Riverfront, developed during Modi’s tenure as Gujarat chief minister.

Modi had also accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping and his spouse to the riverfront during the latter’s India visit in 2014.

“According to the tentative schedule, Modi and Netanyahu would first visit the Sabarmati Ashram on their arrival. Both the dignitaries will be accorded a grand welcome,” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani had earlier said.From the Ashram, Modi and Netanyahu would go to ‘iCreate’, an autonomous centre of excellence near Bavla town close to the city, Rupani said.

‘iCreate’ was formally launched in 2011 by Modi when he was the chief minister. The institution mentors budding entrepreneurs and guides them to set up start-ups, according to an official.The Israeli prime minister will also present Modi a special gift — the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification jeep the two leaders rode at Israel’s Olga beach last year.

There will be a live demonstration of desalination of sea water that the two prime ministers will witness through video conferencing from the iCreate centre on 17 Janaury.

The jeep is said to cost around 390,000 shekels (approximately $1,11,000).The two leaders would then proceed for a Sabarkantha-based centre of excellence for agriculture established by Isreal. They will inaugurate a research facility for cultivation of dates in Kutch by remote control from Sabarkantha, the chief minister had earlier said.

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NEW DELHI: Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit will involve a series of events that will showcase the growing friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Israeli prime minister. PM Modi will break protocol to receive Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, at the airport on Sunday afternoon, beginning a prime ministerial visit from Israel 15 years since Ariel Sharon came here in 2003. Netanyahu not only received Modi at the airport in July, PM Modi was accorded the kind of welcome+ by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and US presidents, officials had said then.

The first stop for PM Modi and Netanyahu will be at the Teen Murti monument where the two leaders will lay a wreath at the monument, commemorating the role of three Indian regiments who fought at the battle of Haifa over a century ago, and today, is an occasion to celebrate the closeness between the two countries. It will be formally renamed the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk and Teen Murti Marg will be known as Teen Murti Haifa Marg.

The three bronze statues positioned in a column at the roundabout represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. On 23rd September 1918, during the last months of the Sinai and Palestine campaign of the First World War, the brigade successfully captured the city of Haifa from a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire. The capture of Haifa and Acre cleared a route for the Allies to supplies to the city through the sea, though 44 Indian soldiers died in the assault. Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates 23rd September as its Raising Day or “Haifa Day.”

During PM Modi’s visit to Israel in July,+ the prime minister had laid wreaths at the Indian war cemetery in Haifa and unveiled a plaque commemorating the memory of Major Dalpat Singh, who led the successful cavalry charge at the battle. “I am deeply honoured to stand here today to salute the valiant soldiers, who laid down their lives for the liberation of Haifa during the first World War,” Modi had written in the visitors’ book.

Netanyahu’s first official meeting will be with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. PM Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night. During his three day visit in Israel, Indian delicacies were specially cooked for PM Modi by an Israeli chef of Indian origin, a personal favourite of Netanyahu’s.

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US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, US, September 18, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Israel is talking with more countries about recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

His announcement comes as the UN Security Council in New York prepares to hold a meeting in New York to discuss US President Donald Trumps decision Wednesday to officially recognize Jerusalem and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition,” Netanyahu said at the Foreign Ministrys Digital Diplomacy Conference in Jerusalem.

He lauded Trumps decision explaining that he had earned himself an eternal role in Jerusalems history and the annals of the Jewish people.

Yesterday was a momentous day, an important one, Netanyahu said. Jerusalem has an extraordinary history and over the millennium, you can cite a few significant milestones, yesterdays statement by President Trump is such a milestone.

Netanyahu added he had no doubt that once the US embassy is relocated to Jerusalem and even before, other countries would follow suit.

Trump made history on Wednesday when he recognized that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital, almost 70 years after the United States voted in the United Nations to accept Israel as a member state.

But until this year, no country recognized Jerusalem as the countrys capital and none of them have embassies in the city, which is Israels seat of government, even though their leaders and diplomats frequently visit and hold meetings in Jerusalem.

In the spring, Russia became the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, but limited that recognition to the western part of the city.

On Wednesday night, in an unusual move, the Czech Republic broke ranks with the European Union which prefers to act as a bloc, and issued a similar endorsement.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praises ‘historic’ Trump decision on Jerusalem

The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on its web page.

The Czech Republic together with other EU member states, following the EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions, considers Jerusalem to be future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine, it said.

But relocating the embassy could occur only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world, the Czech Foreign Ministry said.

Trump also did not mean his endorsement to include all portions of the city, but he refrained from limiting it to the ceasefire line from the Six Day War.

From the countrys creation in 1948 until the Six Day War in June 1967, Jerusalem was a divided city, with Jordan controlling the eastern section.

The entire city has been in Israels hands since the Six Day War, but the international community, including the US, does not recognize Israels annexation of east Jerusalem.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the core issues that is expected to be resolved in a final status agreement for a two-state solution.

The Palestinians hold that east Jerusalem is the capital of their future state.

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Trumps decision was harmful to the peace process, a statement which was endorsed by the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany.

France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay, have asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council on the issue this Friday.

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Speaking exclusively to CNN a day after the United Nations Assembly voted against Trump’s move, Netanyahu said the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem could lead the way for others to follow.

“We’re now talking to several countries who are seriously considering saying exactly the same thing as the United States and moving their embassies to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu told CNN.

‘Historical truth’

“Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years from the time of King David. It has been the capital of Israel for 70 years, and it’s about time that the US said, and I’m glad they said, ‘This is the capital and we recognize it’ and I think that’s going to be followed by other countries.”

Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel breaking with the international consensus that the final status of the holy city should be decided as part of the peace process. Multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions have called for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

If other nations follow Trump’s lead “exactly,” as Netanyahu suggested, it would be a diplomatic victory for the Israelis and a blow to the Palestinians.

Netanyahu would not specify which countries were in contact with Israel about moving their embassies “because I want it to succeed,” indicating that the announcement isn’t set in stone.

Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel was widely criticized by the international community.

Palestinian leaders also condemned the US’s stance, declaring they would not welcome US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, said, “The United States is no longer an honest broker in the peace process. We will not accept any plan from the US because of its bias and violation of international law.”

In response, Macron said France believes there is no alternative to a two-state solution.

‘Negotiations’

Pressed on whether he would be ready to negotiate the future of Jerusalem with the Palestinians, Netanyahu said he was “willing to put my position forward.”

“Our position is Jerusalem remaining a united, safe and secure city, freedom of worship for all faiths which we guarantee and, by the way, in the Middle East, we’re just about the only ones that guarantee this freedom of worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

“That’s my vision of Jerusalem. Palestinians may have a different vision. They should come and negotiate. They say they won’t negotiate; they’re walking away from the negotiation table… again.”

“You want peace, go to negotiate peace.”

‘Two-state solution’

Pressed on whether he would openly commit to a two-state solution, which remains the international consensus for the region, Netanyahu demurred, committing “to a situation where the Palestinians can govern themselves.” Netanyahu insisted Israel must remain in charge of security in the entire West Bank.

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Elovitch is the controlling shareholder of telecommunications firm Bezeq, which also owns online news site Walla! News, where prosecutors say Netanyahu was seeking favorable coverage. Elovitch’s remand was extended in this case, as was that of Nir Hefetz, who was the Netanyahu family spokesman for many years. Prosecutors argued that if the men were freed, they would be able to work together against the investigation. The Judge agreed. Netanyahu is expected to be questioned over Case 4000 later this week.

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Benjamin Netanyahu To Invite Donald Trump To U.S. Embassy …

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to extend an invitation for U.S. President Donald Trump to join him in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day to celebrate the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to invite Donald Trump to Jerusalem for the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem for Israels Independence Day celebrations. May 14 will be the 70-year anniversary of the establishment of the nation of Israel. In January 2018, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Israel and iterated that the U.S. would not open the controversial embassy in Jerusalem until the end of 2019. The expeditious change of plans to expediently make the embassy move has drawn praise from Israeli government officials and drawn the ire of Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) officials. The Jerusalem Post speculated several reasons for the hasty move to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem a lot sooner than expected. Herb Keinon weighed the decision based upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus legal troubles, the PLOs very vocal discontent with the U.S. government, and good logistics. Keinon wrote in the Jerusalem Post, the decision to make the move now is just the result of looking at the options and realize [sic] that it is possible to make the move much earlier if done in stages than originally anticipated. Prime Minister Netanyahu took to his social media platforms on Saturday to praise and laud the decision of the Trump administration to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on May 14. Netanyahu stated, This is a great moment for the State of Israel. President Trumps decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem will make our Independence Day celebrations even happier. Netanyahu was joined by other Israeli government officials that voiced similar pleasure with the American Embassy announcement. The PLO and Hamas were not as pleased with the U.S. plan to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on a quicker timeline. PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat was quoted in Reuters as saying, Trump and his team have disqualified the U.S. from being part of the solution between Israelis and Palestinians; rather, the world now sees that they are part of the problem. Erekat also went on to state that the United States is determined to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution, and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people, as well as of all Arabs, Muslims, and Christians around the globe. Hamas officials voiced similar concerns and outrage about the Trump administrations U.S. Embassy decision. Hamas spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Kanou spoke in Gaza, stating, moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a declaration of war against the Arab and Muslim nation, and the U.S administration must reconsider its move. The Palestinian National Council (PNC) issued an official statement echoing Hamas sentiments that stated, the current American administration will bear the consequences of its decision, which harms the faith and feelings of Arabs and Muslims throughout the world and in humanity in general. An unnamed U.S. State Department official disclosed to The Times of Israel preliminary plans for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The State Department official stated, The Embassy will initially be located in Arnona [in south Jerusalem], on a compound that currently houses the consular operations of Consulate General Jerusalem. At least initially, it will consist of the ambassador and a small team. U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his staff are expected to relocate from their offices in Tel Aviv to the consular facility located in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is overseeing the development and implementation of security plans to convert the Arnona consular site into an interim U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem until a new facility is built. U.S. billionaire and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has offered to fund the construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on March 5. At this time Netanyahu is expected to formally extend the invitation for Trump to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on Israels Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut). Arabs refer to Israels independence day as Nakba Arabic for catastrophe.

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Benjamin Netanyahu: Israeli police recommend indicting …

Attorney general will examine evidence and decide whether to indict after police investigation of the prime minister in two cases Israeli police have recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of bribery and breach of trust, in an embarrassing blow that has thrown the prime ministers political future in doubt. Following a 14-month investigation into two cases of alleged corruption, the countrys attorney general will examine the evidence and then possibly in several months time decide whether to indict. The country has been anxiously waiting for the prosecutors recommendation, which local media has speculated could force the prime minister to resign. A police statement late on Tuesday said that enough evidence had been gathered against the prime minister for committing the crimes of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. The Israeli PM is embroiled in three cases involving allegations of bribery and misconduct. He denies wrongdoing in every instance. Case 1000is an investigation into gifts received on a regular basis by Netanyahu and his family from two wealthy businessmen, including cigars and pink champagne. Case 2000is examining whether Netanyahu behaved improperly during a taped conversation with a newspaper publisher in which he appeared to try to negotiate more sympathetic coverage in return for lowering the circulation of a rival paper. Case 3000is an inquiry into alleged kickbacks in a deal to buy German submarines. Netanyahu is not a suspect, but he was closely involved in the deal and the case has ensnared members of his inner circle. Minutes after the news of the police report spread across Israeli media, Netanyahu held a press conference in Jerusalem, vehemently denying any wrongdoing and dismissing rumours that he would step down. He said the development was the latest in a long list of endeavours to remove him from government. All these attempts end up with nothing because I know the truth. I tell you, also this time, things will end up with nothing. I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully, he said, adding he plans to run in elections that must be held by the end of next year. Police have questioned Netanyahu several times at his official residence in Jerusalem during the past few months regarding the two cases in which he is a suspect. Case 1000, or the so-called gifts affair, involves claims that he and his family received valuable gifts from international billionaires, including expensive cigars, pink champagne and jewellery for his wife. Alleged wealthy benefactors include the Hollywood producer and media magnate Arnon Milchan as well as the Australian businessman James Packer. In a statement, police said Netanyahu had accepted gifts valued at 750,000 shekels (150,000, $208,300) from Milchan, and 250,000 shekels (or 51,000, $70,822) from Packer. In return, Netanyahu had helped Milchan, a producer who has worked on Pretty Woman and Fight Club, on US visa matters and Israeli tax breaks. Separately, case 2000 relates to secret talks with the publisher of a leading Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, in which Netanyahu allegedly requested positive coverage in exchange for damaging a competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom. Police said both Milchan and Mozes could be charged with bribery. Neither made an immediate comment. Having ruled for close to 12 years during four terms, the 68-year-old leader heads a delicately balanced coalition that keeps him in power. The former prime minister and Netanyahu political rival Ehud Barak called on Netanyahu to suspend himself and for the coalition to choose a replacement. The depth of corruption is horrifying, Barak said. This does not look like nothing. This looks like bribery. A poll by the local Channel 10 found last summer that 66% of Israelis believed the premier should resign if indicted. Weekly demonstrations over the slow pace of the investigations have also added pressure on officers to submit a recommendation. Last week, the investigation was plunged into controversy when the police commissioner, Inspector General Roni Alsheich, suggested the prime minister had sent private investigators to collect information against police officers investigating him. Netanyahus office said the outlandish allegations threw a shadow over the corruption investigation. Any honest person would ask himself how people who say such delusional things about the prime minister can objectively investigate him and honestly give unbiased recommendations, his Facebook page said. On Tuesday evening, the tourism minister, Yariv Levin, suggested the police were attempting to overthrow Netanyahu. This despicable move revealed tonight is an effort to stage a coup against the will of the voter, Levin says.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017.(photo credit: REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON) NEW YORK Fix it or nix it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, telling the world body that Israels policy on the Iranian nuclear deal is simple: Change it or cancel it. Netanyahus speech began with enumerating Israels diplomatic breakthroughs, and how the country has significantly improved its relations with many countries because of what it has to offer in terms of technology and anti-terrorism expertise, and ended with a warning that it would not tolerate Irans efforts to establish permanent bases on Israels borders or open new terrorist fronts against Israel in Syria. Those that threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril, he said. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions. Netanyahu recalled his ardent opposition to the 2015 nuclear deal and those who said it would somehow moderate Iran. I strongly disagree, he said. I warned that when the sanctions will be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed. Not join the community of nations, but devouring the nations one after the other. That is precisely what Iran is doing today. He said that unless the sunset clause was excised from the agreement, Iran would be on its way to become the next North Korea, another rogue state with nuclear capabilities. In a rhetorical parallel to the Iron Curtain, Netanyahu said an Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East. It spreads this curtain over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere and pledges to extinguish the light of Israel. But, Netanyahu continued, I have a simple message for Khamenei: The light of Israel will never be extinguished. During his address, Netanyahu turned directly to the Iranian people, greeted them in Farsi, and said Israel was not their enemy, and that once the regime is changed, the peoples can resume what was a historic friendship. The prime minister made a point of praising US President Donald Trump a number of times during the address, both for the speech he gave earlier in the day and for his strong support of Israel at the United Nations. Netanyahu said that in his 30 years of experience with the UN, he has not heard a bolder or more courageous speech than the one Trump delivered on Tuesday. While Netanyahu did not pull out any props or gimmicks during his speech, he did make a joke about penguins, saying that while he has visited six continents this year, he has not yet visited Antarctica. I want to go there, too, because I have heard penguins are also enthusiastic supporters of Israel, they have no difficulty recognizing something rare black and white, right and wrong. When it comes to Israel, he quipped, this power of recognition is too often absent. Share on facebook

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met top business leaders for breakfast on Thursday, and paid tributes to the November 2008 terror attack victims during his visit to Mumbai. Netanyahu addressed the India-Israel Business Summit at the iconic Taj hotel, and laid a wreath for the 26/11 terror attack victims. He later proceeded to Nariman House, where he met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka were killed during the attacks. The Israeli Prime Minister met members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel, and attended the Shalom Bollywood event, in which people from the Indian film industry including megastar Amitabh Bachchan took part. Here are the updates: 10:10 pm: Leading figures from Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Karan Johar, Subhash Ghai, Imtiaz Ali,Ronnie Screwvala, Sara Ali Khan seen with Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at the Shalom Bollywood event. 10: 05 pm: 10:00 pm: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, UTV CEO Ronnie Screwvala and Karan Johar greet Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu. 8:40pm: Members of the Raza Academy hold a sit-in protest against Netanyahu outside its office in Byculla in Mumbai, raise slogans against him. 8:30pm: Netanyahu meets representatives of the Hindi film industry at Shalom Bollywood event: PTI. 5:45pm: Netanyahu announces plans to make Chabad House a Living Memorial. The proposed Living Memorial is likely to include rooms on the fifth floor of the building, where Moshe and his parents used to live, and a small terrace garden, while the fourth floor would be converted into a museum. 5:40pm: Your (Moshes) parents showed love to the people and welcomed all to this house. They provided for every Jew a home. This is loving Israel but terrorists showed hatred towards Israel, Netanyahu tells Moshe. 5:30pm: The Chabad House is a unique blend of love and hatred towards the people of Israel. The nation of Israel is known for salvation, says Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister thanks Moshe for hosting him and showing him his room in the Chabad House. 5:15pm: 3.35pm: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets 26/11 survivor Moshe Holtzberg at Nariman House. 3.17pm: Netanyahu lays wreath at the memorial to 26/11 terror attack victims at Taj Hotel in Mumbai. 3.15pm: Netanyahu arrives at Chabad House. Moshe and Israeli PM to inaugurate 26/11 memorial. 2.47pm: Following the talks I had with my friend Prime Minister @NarendraModi, the Indian government has informed us that it is putting the Spike deal back on track. This is very important and there will be many more deals, says Netanyahu. 2.45pm:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets that following his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India informed Israel that it was putting the deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. back on track. 1.46pm: Israels Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon says Netanyahu, while interacting with leaders of the business community, suggested that they contemplate setting up R&D centres in Israel as many international players have already done. 1.30pm: Israels Ministry of Foreign Affairs posts quiz on India-Israel bilateral ties. 1.20pm: Countries like India and Israel if they come together Im sure the fight against terrorism can be intensified and the world can win this fight: CM Fadnavis. 1.08pm: We are also signing an MoU for a huge water grid in Marathwada. We want to collaborate more with Israel for the welfare of our farmers: CM Fadnavis. 1.07pm: Im sure in time to come, we will see many Israeli businesses mainly in technology and agriculture flourishing, collaborating and cooperating with Indian businesses: CM Fadnavis. 1.06pm: Maharashtra is the right place to forge alliance. I look forward to many more alliances between Maharashtra and Israel, says Fadnavis. 1.05pm: Maharashtra is a business leader in India. Maharashtra contributes most to national GDP, the state attracts majority FDI coming into India: CM Fadnavis at India Israel Business Summit. 1.02pm: We acknowledge the role of the Jewish community in Indias journey of development. We are looking forward for more and more cooperation and engagement and wish to take this age old friendship to the next level, says CM Fadnavis. 12.58pm: CM Fadnavis welcomes Netanyahu on behalf of 120 million people of Maharashta, says Mumbai is not only the financial capital of India but also the city of dreams. 12.56pm: We are trying to develop Israel with the changing times and for that we wish to collaborate with our old friend India : Netanyahu. 12.55pm: Indo-Israel partnership reaching unprecedented heights; This is the beginning of a wonderful friendship, and possibilities are boundless: Netanyahu. 12.50pm: India and Israel are democracies, share a love for freedom; we are a match made in heaven: Netanyahu at Business Summit in Mumbai. 12.45pm: CM Devendra Fadnavis meets Israeli PM Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon at the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai. 12.10pm: I also visited iCreate, an impressive hub where brilliant young minds come to solve problems. I was particularly impressed with a 14-year-old boy. This was slumdog millionaire. He produces drone which goes up the sky and identifies landmines, itll save lives: Netanyahu. 12.05pm: India knows the value of competition and the glory of competition. How many of you know who won the 1983 World Cup? If you were not in London, then you must be on streets honking when India defeated West Indies. That is competition, says Netanyahu. 12.01pm: Israel is an innovation nation, India is an innovation nation. The two innovation nations must come together to define the future: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu at India-Israel Business Summit. 11.30am: Israels Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweets video on India-Israel diplomatic ties, says the friendship continues to grow and reach new heights. 11.24am: So it is leaders. It is people. But I think the most important thing is to have it among business leaders and technological leaders and entrepreneurs like yourself. This is the cherry on the pie! What a cherry! I thought we will discuss the cherry, says Netanyahu. 11.23am: There is an instant chemical reaction of tremendous solidarity and identification and I see it in my Facebook followers. They havent changed the algorithm yet and I see it very very strongly. We see it when we walk the streets, the responses that we get here. And Indian citizens, when they come to Israel, they can see it. It is powerful, says Israeli PM. 11.22am: On the partnership between Israel and India, Netanyahu says, It is on the level first of a deep personal friendship between Prime Minister Modi and myself In addition, there is a partnership of genuine sympathy between our people. And that is not obvious. Our two civilisations are very old and we have not met each other in real sense… 11.20am: Innovation doesnt happen by itself. Some of it does. But it can be nurtured, it can be encouraged. It also can be discouraged. The job of governments like that of Prime Minister Modi and my own government is to facilitate your competitive advantages and ability to innovate, says Netanyahu. 11.17am: We in Israel are seizing the future, you in India are seizing the future. Together, you will get there a lot quicker and also get a lot further, says Netanyahu. 11.15am: It is very, very crucial today for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet up, because the future belongs to those who innovate, Netanyahu tells business leaders. 10.45am: Future belongs to those who innovate; innovation doesnt happen by itself, it has to be encouraged: Netanyahu tells business leaders. 10.40am: Business leaders present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej, Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar, reports PTI. 10.38am: Our job is to encourage you to innovate. Partnership between India and Israel is doing wonders. I have a strong personal friendship with PM Modi, says Israeli PM. 10.35am: Netanyahu meets Indian CEOs, says future belongs to those who innovate. 10.23am: The India Palestine Solidarity Forum along with 38 other groups to protest against Netanyahus visit to India at Mumbais Azad Maidan. 10.20am: Netanyahu and Devendra Fadnavis to attend the India-Israel Business Summit at 11.30 at Taj hotel. 9.15am: Maharashtra looks forward to discussions and collaboration with @Israel for development in agriculture, sustainable irrigation and technologies for security ! says Fadnavis. 9.14am: Tomorrow (Thursday), I will be joining Hon @netanyahu in Business Forum Meet in the morning and at wreath laying ceremony at 26/11 memorial in the afternoon, tweets Maharashtra CM Fadnavis. 9.05am: There may be a one-on-one meeting between Fadnavis and Netanyahu after which the Maharashtra chief minister will be hosting a lunch for the Israeli premier and the visiting delegation, sources tell PTI. 9.01am: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will attend the India-Israel Business Summit at the Taj hotel, PTI reports quoting sources. 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LATEST UPDATES:Speaking at iCreate Center in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Narendra Modipraised Israel’s technology and said that innovation played a major role in bringing the people of India and Israel together. After an eight-kilometre roadshow, Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu arrived at Sabarmati Ashram. There were no open vehicles in the roadshow cavalcade because of security concerns. Members of the Gujarati Jewish community are waiting for the arrival of PM Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu outside Ahmedabads Sabarmati Ashram. Around 50 stages have been erected along the stretch and people from different states will welcome Netanyahu, who is on a six-day visit to India. Heavy security was deployed across the 14-kilometre stretch where Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to hold the roadshow. According to reports, the 14-km stretch will be heavily guarded by security forces including Israeli snipers, 12 teams from ‘Chetak commandos’, Quick Response Teams, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad and the Gujarat Police. Gujarat is set to roll out the red carpet for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he arrives in Ahmedabad on Wednesday along with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.The two leaders will hold a roadshow, which will begin from the city airport and end at the Sabarmati Ashram, a journey of eight kilometres. Around 50 stages will be erected on the roadside along the stretch and people from different states of the country will welcome Netanyahu.The two leaders, who hit it off during Modi’s visit to Israel in July last year, the first by an Indian prime minister, would visit two centres of excellence and inaugurate another such facility. They will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma stayed for a long time. Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu at the Raisina Dialogue 2018 in New Delhi. PTI “Around 50 stages have been built along the roadside on the eight-kilometre stretch. Cultural programmes will be performed by troupes of different states as well as ethnicity to welcome the guests,” Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee chairman Pravin Patel said. “The Indian Jewish people will also welcome the two leaders,” he said. The city, especially the stretch from the airport to the Sabarmati Ashram, has been decked up to welcome Netanyahu along with his wife Sara. Modi and Japanese premier Shinzo Abe had also held a joint roadshow during the latter’s visit here in September last year. The Indian premier had shown Abe and his wife around at the Sabarmati Ashram.They had also spent some time at the Sabarmati Riverfront, developed during Modi’s tenure as Gujarat chief minister. Modi had also accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping and his spouse to the riverfront during the latter’s India visit in 2014. “According to the tentative schedule, Modi and Netanyahu would first visit the Sabarmati Ashram on their arrival. Both the dignitaries will be accorded a grand welcome,” Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani had earlier said.From the Ashram, Modi and Netanyahu would go to ‘iCreate’, an autonomous centre of excellence near Bavla town close to the city, Rupani said. ‘iCreate’ was formally launched in 2011 by Modi when he was the chief minister. The institution mentors budding entrepreneurs and guides them to set up start-ups, according to an official.The Israeli prime minister will also present Modi a special gift — the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification jeep the two leaders rode at Israel’s Olga beach last year. There will be a live demonstration of desalination of sea water that the two prime ministers will witness through video conferencing from the iCreate centre on 17 Janaury. The jeep is said to cost around 390,000 shekels (approximately $1,11,000).The two leaders would then proceed for a Sabarkantha-based centre of excellence for agriculture established by Isreal. They will inaugurate a research facility for cultivation of dates in Kutch by remote control from Sabarkantha, the chief minister had earlier said.

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Benjamin Netanyahu set to visit India, PM Modi to host …

NEW DELHI: Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit will involve a series of events that will showcase the growing friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Israeli prime minister. PM Modi will break protocol to receive Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, at the airport on Sunday afternoon, beginning a prime ministerial visit from Israel 15 years since Ariel Sharon came here in 2003. Netanyahu not only received Modi at the airport in July, PM Modi was accorded the kind of welcome+ by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and US presidents, officials had said then. The first stop for PM Modi and Netanyahu will be at the Teen Murti monument where the two leaders will lay a wreath at the monument, commemorating the role of three Indian regiments who fought at the battle of Haifa over a century ago, and today, is an occasion to celebrate the closeness between the two countries. It will be formally renamed the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk and Teen Murti Marg will be known as Teen Murti Haifa Marg. The three bronze statues positioned in a column at the roundabout represent the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers who were part of the 15 Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. On 23rd September 1918, during the last months of the Sinai and Palestine campaign of the First World War, the brigade successfully captured the city of Haifa from a joint force of Ottomans, Germany and the Austro-Hungarian empire. The capture of Haifa and Acre cleared a route for the Allies to supplies to the city through the sea, though 44 Indian soldiers died in the assault. Till date, the 61 Cavalry celebrates 23rd September as its Raising Day or “Haifa Day.” During PM Modi’s visit to Israel in July,+ the prime minister had laid wreaths at the Indian war cemetery in Haifa and unveiled a plaque commemorating the memory of Major Dalpat Singh, who led the successful cavalry charge at the battle. “I am deeply honoured to stand here today to salute the valiant soldiers, who laid down their lives for the liberation of Haifa during the first World War,” Modi had written in the visitors’ book. Netanyahu’s first official meeting will be with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. PM Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night. During his three day visit in Israel, Indian delicacies were specially cooked for PM Modi by an Israeli chef of Indian origin, a personal favourite of Netanyahu’s.

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Benjamin Netanyahu: More countries plan to recognize …

US President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York, US, September 18, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS) Israel is talking with more countries about recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. His announcement comes as the UN Security Council in New York prepares to hold a meeting in New York to discuss US President Donald Trumps decision Wednesday to officially recognize Jerusalem and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “I would like to announce that we are already in contact with other countries which will issue a similar recognition,” Netanyahu said at the Foreign Ministrys Digital Diplomacy Conference in Jerusalem. He lauded Trumps decision explaining that he had earned himself an eternal role in Jerusalems history and the annals of the Jewish people. Yesterday was a momentous day, an important one, Netanyahu said. Jerusalem has an extraordinary history and over the millennium, you can cite a few significant milestones, yesterdays statement by President Trump is such a milestone. Netanyahu added he had no doubt that once the US embassy is relocated to Jerusalem and even before, other countries would follow suit. Trump made history on Wednesday when he recognized that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital, almost 70 years after the United States voted in the United Nations to accept Israel as a member state. But until this year, no country recognized Jerusalem as the countrys capital and none of them have embassies in the city, which is Israels seat of government, even though their leaders and diplomats frequently visit and hold meetings in Jerusalem. In the spring, Russia became the first country to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital, but limited that recognition to the western part of the city. On Wednesday night, in an unusual move, the Czech Republic broke ranks with the European Union which prefers to act as a bloc, and issued a similar endorsement.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praises ‘historic’ Trump decision on Jerusalem The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on its web page. The Czech Republic together with other EU member states, following the EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions, considers Jerusalem to be future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine, it said. But relocating the embassy could occur only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world, the Czech Foreign Ministry said. Trump also did not mean his endorsement to include all portions of the city, but he refrained from limiting it to the ceasefire line from the Six Day War. From the countrys creation in 1948 until the Six Day War in June 1967, Jerusalem was a divided city, with Jordan controlling the eastern section. The entire city has been in Israels hands since the Six Day War, but the international community, including the US, does not recognize Israels annexation of east Jerusalem. The status of Jerusalem is one of the core issues that is expected to be resolved in a final status agreement for a two-state solution. The Palestinians hold that east Jerusalem is the capital of their future state. The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Trumps decision was harmful to the peace process, a statement which was endorsed by the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany. France, Bolivia, Egypt, Italy, Senegal, Sweden, Britain and Uruguay, have asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the Security Council on the issue this Friday. Share on facebook

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Speaking exclusively to CNN a day after the United Nations Assembly voted against Trump’s move, Netanyahu said the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem could lead the way for others to follow. “We’re now talking to several countries who are seriously considering saying exactly the same thing as the United States and moving their embassies to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu told CNN. ‘Historical truth’ “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years from the time of King David. It has been the capital of Israel for 70 years, and it’s about time that the US said, and I’m glad they said, ‘This is the capital and we recognize it’ and I think that’s going to be followed by other countries.” Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel breaking with the international consensus that the final status of the holy city should be decided as part of the peace process. Multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions have called for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem. If other nations follow Trump’s lead “exactly,” as Netanyahu suggested, it would be a diplomatic victory for the Israelis and a blow to the Palestinians. Netanyahu would not specify which countries were in contact with Israel about moving their embassies “because I want it to succeed,” indicating that the announcement isn’t set in stone. Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel was widely criticized by the international community. Palestinian leaders also condemned the US’s stance, declaring they would not welcome US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, said, “The United States is no longer an honest broker in the peace process. We will not accept any plan from the US because of its bias and violation of international law.” In response, Macron said France believes there is no alternative to a two-state solution. ‘Negotiations’ Pressed on whether he would be ready to negotiate the future of Jerusalem with the Palestinians, Netanyahu said he was “willing to put my position forward.” “Our position is Jerusalem remaining a united, safe and secure city, freedom of worship for all faiths which we guarantee and, by the way, in the Middle East, we’re just about the only ones that guarantee this freedom of worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. “That’s my vision of Jerusalem. Palestinians may have a different vision. They should come and negotiate. They say they won’t negotiate; they’re walking away from the negotiation table… again.” “You want peace, go to negotiate peace.” ‘Two-state solution’ Pressed on whether he would openly commit to a two-state solution, which remains the international consensus for the region, Netanyahu demurred, committing “to a situation where the Palestinians can govern themselves.” Netanyahu insisted Israel must remain in charge of security in the entire West Bank.

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  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."