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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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Kenya is a close ally of Israel and the swearing-in of reelected President Uhuru Kenyatta is a good reason to go to Africa, a senior diplomatic official said Monday, explaining why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly for a day to Nairobi on Tuesday.

Netanyahus decision to go to the ceremony has raised some eyebrows, since the August results were hotly contested by main opposition candidate Raila Odinga, who boycotted a Supreme Court mandated re-vote in October. The entire election process has been marred by violence.

The official said that Netanyahus visit is not only about the inauguration, but that bilateral meetings with other African heads of state have been set up, including with the presidents of Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Because of security concerns, Netanyahu is not expected to take part in the main inauguration ceremony to be held at the 60,000-seat Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.

Rather, after landing in the morning and being received in an official ceremony, Netanyahu is scheduled to take part in an event at the Presidential palace, where he will have a joint meeting with some 10 African leaders including the presidents of Togo, Namibia and Botswana, the prime minister of Ethiopia and the vice president of Nigeria followed by the bilateral discussions. He is scheduled to be on the ground for just a few hours and will fly back to Israel on Tuesday evening.

Speaking about the visit at the Likud faction meeting on Monday, Netanyahu referred to Kenyatta as my friend. Pointing out that this will be his third visit to Africa in 18 months, Netanyahu said: This tells you about the importance that we in Israel attribute to Africa, and no less importantly, the importance Africa places on strengthening ties with Israel.

Diplomatic officials deflected criticism that Netanyahu is attending the ceremony even though it was contested and marred by violence, saying that the international community accepted the Supreme Courts authorization of the second election results, which Kenyatta won by a margin of some 98%. Less than 40% of the electorate took part in that vote, however.

This is a way of building strong relations with Africa, and Kenya is a major player in East Africa, one western diplomatic official said of Netanyahus visit. He said that the international community largely accepted the results of the elections out of a realization that if it is not Kenyatta, it will be chaos.

Kenyatta, who has been president since 2013, defeated former prime minister Odinga in the elections in August, by some eight percentage points. Odinga did not accept the results, alleging that they had been hacked, and challenged them in court.

In early September the Kenyan Supreme Court acknowledged irregularities, and, in a surprise move, nullified the results, ordering new elections, which were held in October.

Odinga, however, boycotted those elections, saying there was no guarantee that those results would also not be tampered with. Without Odingas participation, Kenyatta won a landslide victory, which was validated earlier this month by the Supreme Court. That decision was not recognized by Odinga, and he is expected to hold a parallel swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday in protest.

Netanyahu has met twice with Kenyatta over the last two years, once in Nairobi, and once in Jerusalem.

Kenyas media is reporting that some 13 heads of state will attend the swearing-in ceremony, as well as lower-level representatives from numerous other countries, including the US, Britain and China.

Both Kenyatta and Odinga are considered friends of Israel. Kenyatta visited Israel in 2016, the first Kenyan president to do so since Daniel Moi in 1994.

During that visit, Netanyahu characterized the relationship between the two countries that goes back over 50 years as remarkable.

Netanyahu visited Kenyatta in Nairobi a few months later on the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to Africa in some 30 years.

Standing next to Netanyahu in Nairobi, Kenyatta said it would be foolhardy for Africa not to cooperate closely with Israel, adding that this would be like an ostrich burying its head.

Odinga, too, has a relationship with Israel, having visited the country a number of times, the last time in May when he delivered a lecture at the Hebrew University and also visited the Western Wall. Pictures of him in a kippa and holding a Bible at the Wall were circulated widely on social media.

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Israel- based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drugmaker, announced last Thursday that it was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide. The cuts are expected to include about 1,700 jobs in Israel, roughly one-quarter of its local workforce. “Closing Teva is an attack against the state of Israel,” read one poster.

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Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu (Hebrew: “” , born 21 October 1949) is the Prime Minister of Israel[1][2] and leader of the HaLikud party. He was also the Prime Minister of Israel from June 1996 to July 1999. Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born after the establishment of the state of Israel.

Netanyahu was commander in the Israel Defense Forces. He fought in the raid on Lebanon in 1968. He also fought in the raid on Yarden in 1968.

Books:Through the years Netanyahu authored five books, three of which focus on counter-terrorism. The books he authored include:

Articles:

AlphabeticalYigal Allon (HaMa’arakh) —- Ehud Barak (Yisrael Ahat – HaAvoda) —- Menachem Begin (HaLikud) —- David Ben-Gurion (Mapai) —- Levi Eshkol (Mapai / HaMa’arakh) —-Golda Meir (HaMa’arakh) —- Benjamin Netanyahu (HaLikud) —- Ehud Olmert (Kadima) —- Shimon Peres (HaMa’arakh / HaAvoda) —-Yitzhak Rabin (HaMa’arakh / HaAvoda) —- Yitzhak Shamir (HaLikud) —- Moshe Sharett (Mapai) —- Ariel Sharon (HaLikud / Kadima)

ChronologicalDavid Ben-Gurion (Mapai, 1948-1954) —- Moshe Sharett (Mapai, 1954-1955) —- David Ben-Gurion (Mapai, 1955-1963) —- Levi Eshkol (Mapai, 1963-1965; HaMa’arakh, 1965-1969) —-Yigal Allon (acting) (HaMa’arakh, 1969) —- Golda Meir (HaMa’arakh, 1969-1974) —- Yitzhak Rabin (HaMa’arakh, 1974-1977) —- Shimon Peres (acting) (HaMa’arakh, 1977) —-Menachem Begin (HaLikud, 1977-1983) —- Yitzhak Shamir (HaLikud, 1983-1984) —- Shimon Peres (HaMa’arakh, 1984-1986) —- Yitzhak Shamir (HaLikud, 1986-1992) —-Yitzhak Rabin (HaAvoda, 1992-1995) —- Shimon Peres (partly acting) (HaAvoda, 1995-1996) —- Benjamin Netanyahu (HaLikud, 1996-1999) —- Ehud Barak (Yisrael Ahat – HaAvoda, 1999-2001) —-Ariel Sharon (HaLikud, 2001-2005; Kadima, 2005-2006) —- Ehud Olmert (partly acting) (Kadima, 2006-2009) —- Benjamin Netanyahu (HaLikud, 2009-)

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Iran hates Israel so much it ordered one of its wrestlers to throw a match to avoid facing an Israeli in the following round … promptingBenjamin Netanyahuto rip the Iran regime a new one.

The Israeli Prime Minister posted this video Monday after Ali Reza Karimi of Iran was ordered by his coach to throw his match against Russia’s Alikhan Zhabrailov at the U-23 World Championships in Poland. The reason? He would’ve faced Israel’s Uri Kalashnikov in the second round.

As Netanyahu says in the video, Iran forbids its athletes from competing against Israelis. He says, “Now that’s not surprising, given that the regime in Tehran calls for the destruction of all Israelis, the destruction of Israel.”

Check it out … Netanyahu challenges the world to “show Iran’s regime that hating others will never make you a champion. It only makes you a pathetic and insecure loser.”

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Amid reports of an alleged Israeli aircraft attack on an Iranian base outside of Damascus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that an Iranian presence in Syria will not become a reality.

Let me reiterate Israels policy. We will not allow a regime hell bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state, he said.

The statement is part of a larger message that was taped in Jerusalem on Thursday, and which will be aired for the first time at the annual Saban Forum in Washington DC on Sunday.

According to foreign media reports, Israeli launched five air-to-surface missiles from Lebanese airspace toward an Iranian base near the town of El Kiswah, 15 km. southwest of the Syrian capital.

Syrias SANA state news agency reported that regime air defenses confronted an Israeli attack with ground-to-ground missiles and that the air defenses intercepted and destroyed three Israeli missiles.

The Arabic-language al-Masdar news agency reported that two of the Israeli missiles fired toward the 1st Division ammunition depot hit the targets. Satellite imagery of the base showed significant damage to the site.

Israel rarely comments on foreign reports of military activity in Syria, though in the past it has publicly admitted to having struck over 100 Hezbollah convoys and other targets there, with Netanyahu saying that strikes will continue when we have information and operational feasibility.

In September, BBC revealed satellite imagery purporting to show that Iran had established a military base with several buildings that likely house soldiers and military vehicles.

According to the report, which was based on a western intelligence source, the Iranian base is some 50 km. north of Israels Golan Heights.

While the BBC stated that it could not independently verify the purpose of the base and the presence of Iranian troops, Israel has warned of the growing entrenchment of Iran in Syria.

Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced concerns over the growing Iranian presence on its borders and the smuggling of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon from Tehran via Syria, stressing that both are redlines for the Jewish state.

Recently, Israeli officials have said the IDF would not allow Iran to establish a military foothold within 40 km. of the border.

According to Channel 10 a senior White House official reassured Israel that the US would not withdraw from Syria without a permanent agreement.

The official added: The cease-fire agreement is only the first stage. Together with the Russians, we will try to expand the buffer zone and distance the Iranians 20 km. from the northern Golan Heights, and perhaps even to Damascus.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has told Israel that Moscow has agreed to expand a buffer zone along the Israeli-Syrian border where Iranian and Hezbollah forces will not be allowed to enter. The statement attributed to an Israeli diplomatic official by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said Russia had refused the Israeli request for a 40-km. buffer zone, but expressed willingness to extend a 10-15 km. off-limits zone.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned repeatedly of Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country, saying in mid-November that Israel will simply not allow for Shiite consolidation and Iranian entrenchment in Syria, nor will we allow Syria to become a forward operating base against the State of Israel.

Liberman also has warned repeatedly that while there is no interest by Israel to enter into Syrias seven-year civil war, I advise our neighbors not to test us.

Last month, Liberman asked for an increase of NIS 4.8 billion to the IDFs budget, citing significant security challenges that have dramatically changed Israels security situation, including the massive Russian presence in Syria; precision weapons in the hands of groups such as Hezbollah; and the dramatic acceleration of Irans military industry.

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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. Share on facebook

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December 29, 2017   Posted in: Benjamin Netanyahu  Comments Closed

Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘Several countries’ considering following …

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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Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with African leaders at Kenya …

Kenya is a close ally of Israel and the swearing-in of reelected President Uhuru Kenyatta is a good reason to go to Africa, a senior diplomatic official said Monday, explaining why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly for a day to Nairobi on Tuesday. Netanyahus decision to go to the ceremony has raised some eyebrows, since the August results were hotly contested by main opposition candidate Raila Odinga, who boycotted a Supreme Court mandated re-vote in October. The entire election process has been marred by violence. The official said that Netanyahus visit is not only about the inauguration, but that bilateral meetings with other African heads of state have been set up, including with the presidents of Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. Because of security concerns, Netanyahu is not expected to take part in the main inauguration ceremony to be held at the 60,000-seat Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. Rather, after landing in the morning and being received in an official ceremony, Netanyahu is scheduled to take part in an event at the Presidential palace, where he will have a joint meeting with some 10 African leaders including the presidents of Togo, Namibia and Botswana, the prime minister of Ethiopia and the vice president of Nigeria followed by the bilateral discussions. He is scheduled to be on the ground for just a few hours and will fly back to Israel on Tuesday evening. Speaking about the visit at the Likud faction meeting on Monday, Netanyahu referred to Kenyatta as my friend. Pointing out that this will be his third visit to Africa in 18 months, Netanyahu said: This tells you about the importance that we in Israel attribute to Africa, and no less importantly, the importance Africa places on strengthening ties with Israel. Diplomatic officials deflected criticism that Netanyahu is attending the ceremony even though it was contested and marred by violence, saying that the international community accepted the Supreme Courts authorization of the second election results, which Kenyatta won by a margin of some 98%. Less than 40% of the electorate took part in that vote, however. This is a way of building strong relations with Africa, and Kenya is a major player in East Africa, one western diplomatic official said of Netanyahus visit. He said that the international community largely accepted the results of the elections out of a realization that if it is not Kenyatta, it will be chaos. Kenyatta, who has been president since 2013, defeated former prime minister Odinga in the elections in August, by some eight percentage points. Odinga did not accept the results, alleging that they had been hacked, and challenged them in court. In early September the Kenyan Supreme Court acknowledged irregularities, and, in a surprise move, nullified the results, ordering new elections, which were held in October. Odinga, however, boycotted those elections, saying there was no guarantee that those results would also not be tampered with. Without Odingas participation, Kenyatta won a landslide victory, which was validated earlier this month by the Supreme Court. That decision was not recognized by Odinga, and he is expected to hold a parallel swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday in protest. Netanyahu has met twice with Kenyatta over the last two years, once in Nairobi, and once in Jerusalem. Kenyas media is reporting that some 13 heads of state will attend the swearing-in ceremony, as well as lower-level representatives from numerous other countries, including the US, Britain and China. Both Kenyatta and Odinga are considered friends of Israel. Kenyatta visited Israel in 2016, the first Kenyan president to do so since Daniel Moi in 1994. During that visit, Netanyahu characterized the relationship between the two countries that goes back over 50 years as remarkable. Netanyahu visited Kenyatta in Nairobi a few months later on the first visit by an Israeli prime minister to Africa in some 30 years. Standing next to Netanyahu in Nairobi, Kenyatta said it would be foolhardy for Africa not to cooperate closely with Israel, adding that this would be like an ostrich burying its head. Odinga, too, has a relationship with Israel, having visited the country a number of times, the last time in May when he delivered a lecture at the Hebrew University and also visited the Western Wall. Pictures of him in a kippa and holding a Bible at the Wall were circulated widely on social media. Share on facebook

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Benjamin Netanyahu – CNBC

9:16 PM ET Sun, 17 Dec 2017 Israel- based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drugmaker, announced last Thursday that it was cutting 14,000 jobs worldwide. The cuts are expected to include about 1,700 jobs in Israel, roughly one-quarter of its local workforce. “Closing Teva is an attack against the state of Israel,” read one poster.

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Benjamin Netanyahu – Simple English Wikipedia, the free …

Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu (Hebrew: “” , born 21 October 1949) is the Prime Minister of Israel[1][2] and leader of the HaLikud party. He was also the Prime Minister of Israel from June 1996 to July 1999. Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born after the establishment of the state of Israel. Netanyahu was commander in the Israel Defense Forces. He fought in the raid on Lebanon in 1968. He also fought in the raid on Yarden in 1968. Books:Through the years Netanyahu authored five books, three of which focus on counter-terrorism. The books he authored include: Articles: AlphabeticalYigal Allon (HaMa’arakh) —- Ehud Barak (Yisrael Ahat – HaAvoda) —- Menachem Begin (HaLikud) —- David Ben-Gurion (Mapai) —- Levi Eshkol (Mapai / HaMa’arakh) —-Golda Meir (HaMa’arakh) —- Benjamin Netanyahu (HaLikud) —- Ehud Olmert (Kadima) —- Shimon Peres (HaMa’arakh / HaAvoda) —-Yitzhak Rabin (HaMa’arakh / HaAvoda) —- Yitzhak Shamir (HaLikud) —- Moshe Sharett (Mapai) —- Ariel Sharon (HaLikud / Kadima) ChronologicalDavid Ben-Gurion (Mapai, 1948-1954) —- Moshe Sharett (Mapai, 1954-1955) —- David Ben-Gurion (Mapai, 1955-1963) —- Levi Eshkol (Mapai, 1963-1965; HaMa’arakh, 1965-1969) —-Yigal Allon (acting) (HaMa’arakh, 1969) —- Golda Meir (HaMa’arakh, 1969-1974) —- Yitzhak Rabin (HaMa’arakh, 1974-1977) —- Shimon Peres (acting) (HaMa’arakh, 1977) —-Menachem Begin (HaLikud, 1977-1983) —- Yitzhak Shamir (HaLikud, 1983-1984) —- Shimon Peres (HaMa’arakh, 1984-1986) —- Yitzhak Shamir (HaLikud, 1986-1992) —-Yitzhak Rabin (HaAvoda, 1992-1995) —- Shimon Peres (partly acting) (HaAvoda, 1995-1996) —- Benjamin Netanyahu (HaLikud, 1996-1999) —- Ehud Barak (Yisrael Ahat – HaAvoda, 1999-2001) —-Ariel Sharon (HaLikud, 2001-2005; Kadima, 2005-2006) —- Ehud Olmert (partly acting) (Kadima, 2006-2009) —- Benjamin Netanyahu (HaLikud, 2009-)

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Benjamin Netanyahu Blasts Iran for Making Wrestler Throw …

12/4/2017 6:57 AM PST Iran hates Israel so much it ordered one of its wrestlers to throw a match to avoid facing an Israeli in the following round … promptingBenjamin Netanyahuto rip the Iran regime a new one. The Israeli Prime Minister posted this video Monday after Ali Reza Karimi of Iran was ordered by his coach to throw his match against Russia’s Alikhan Zhabrailov at the U-23 World Championships in Poland. The reason? He would’ve faced Israel’s Uri Kalashnikov in the second round. As Netanyahu says in the video, Iran forbids its athletes from competing against Israelis. He says, “Now that’s not surprising, given that the regime in Tehran calls for the destruction of all Israelis, the destruction of Israel.” Check it out … Netanyahu challenges the world to “show Iran’s regime that hating others will never make you a champion. It only makes you a pathetic and insecure loser.”

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Benjamin Netanyahu: We wont allow Iran to entrench itself in …

Amid reports of an alleged Israeli aircraft attack on an Iranian base outside of Damascus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that an Iranian presence in Syria will not become a reality. Let me reiterate Israels policy. We will not allow a regime hell bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state, he said. The statement is part of a larger message that was taped in Jerusalem on Thursday, and which will be aired for the first time at the annual Saban Forum in Washington DC on Sunday. According to foreign media reports, Israeli launched five air-to-surface missiles from Lebanese airspace toward an Iranian base near the town of El Kiswah, 15 km. southwest of the Syrian capital. Syrias SANA state news agency reported that regime air defenses confronted an Israeli attack with ground-to-ground missiles and that the air defenses intercepted and destroyed three Israeli missiles. The Arabic-language al-Masdar news agency reported that two of the Israeli missiles fired toward the 1st Division ammunition depot hit the targets. Satellite imagery of the base showed significant damage to the site. Israel rarely comments on foreign reports of military activity in Syria, though in the past it has publicly admitted to having struck over 100 Hezbollah convoys and other targets there, with Netanyahu saying that strikes will continue when we have information and operational feasibility. In September, BBC revealed satellite imagery purporting to show that Iran had established a military base with several buildings that likely house soldiers and military vehicles. According to the report, which was based on a western intelligence source, the Iranian base is some 50 km. north of Israels Golan Heights. While the BBC stated that it could not independently verify the purpose of the base and the presence of Iranian troops, Israel has warned of the growing entrenchment of Iran in Syria. Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced concerns over the growing Iranian presence on its borders and the smuggling of sophisticated weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon from Tehran via Syria, stressing that both are redlines for the Jewish state. Recently, Israeli officials have said the IDF would not allow Iran to establish a military foothold within 40 km. of the border. According to Channel 10 a senior White House official reassured Israel that the US would not withdraw from Syria without a permanent agreement. The official added: The cease-fire agreement is only the first stage. Together with the Russians, we will try to expand the buffer zone and distance the Iranians 20 km. from the northern Golan Heights, and perhaps even to Damascus. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has told Israel that Moscow has agreed to expand a buffer zone along the Israeli-Syrian border where Iranian and Hezbollah forces will not be allowed to enter. The statement attributed to an Israeli diplomatic official by the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said Russia had refused the Israeli request for a 40-km. buffer zone, but expressed willingness to extend a 10-15 km. off-limits zone. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned repeatedly of Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country, saying in mid-November that Israel will simply not allow for Shiite consolidation and Iranian entrenchment in Syria, nor will we allow Syria to become a forward operating base against the State of Israel. Liberman also has warned repeatedly that while there is no interest by Israel to enter into Syrias seven-year civil war, I advise our neighbors not to test us. Last month, Liberman asked for an increase of NIS 4.8 billion to the IDFs budget, citing significant security challenges that have dramatically changed Israels security situation, including the massive Russian presence in Syria; precision weapons in the hands of groups such as Hezbollah; and the dramatic acceleration of Irans military industry. Share on facebook

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