US India Global Review 2018

very crucial for you and your Israeli counterparts to meet," Netanyahu said. He emphasized that innovation cannot self-manifest but "it can be nurtured and encouraged and it can also be discouraged". It was the job of his government and the government of Modi to facilitate "your competitive advan- tages and the ability to innovate", he told the business leaders. He pointed out that the people of both Israel and India were 'seiz- ing the future', but if they got together they can get there a lot quicker. Besides, there was "a partner- ship of genuine sympathy" between the peoples of both countries that have civilisations which are very old but who have not met each other in a real sense, he said. But there was an "instant chem- ical reaction of tremendous soli- darity and identification" which was seen when Israelis walk the streets of India and the response they get and vice-versa when Indians go to Israel, Netanyahu pointed out. Later, appearing relaxed, he addressed the India-Israel Business summit which witnessed the participation of top business personalities from both countries. In his packed schedule Netanyahu's visit included paying homage to the victims of 2008 Mumbai terror attack at the hotel and visiting the Chabad House in Nariman House, along with the 11-year old survivor Moshe Holtzberg.These were followed by ameeting with the small but thriv- ing Indian Jewish community - including representatives of the Israeli Jews, Bene Israelis and Baghdadi Jews living in Mumbai and surroundings. The day was topped off with a gala dinner meeting with top Indian film industry players at 'Shalom Bollywood' in which megastar Amitabh Bachchan and others participated. Netanyahu and his wife arrived here late on Jan. 17 night on a two-day visit to Mumbai and returned to Israel Jan. 19. | Indo Asian News Service Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu on their arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Jan 17, 2018. Photo: IANS 31 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW APRIL-JUNE 2018

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