Netanyahu's 'chai pe charcha' with India Inc

Randall Craig
January 19, 2018

Among the CEOs present were Ashok Hinduja, Anand Mahindra, Adi Godrej, Ajay Piramal, Harsh Goenka and Chanda Kochhar, with whom Netanyahu cheerfully interacted before getting down to breakfast-cum-business.

A guest, who attended the interaction, said they sought Netanyahu's help in starting an Air India flight between Mumbai and Tel Aviv, as this will help tourists as well community members from Mumbai.

Making a reference to India's historic cricket World Cup win in 1983, Mr Netanyahu said, "India also knows the value of competition and the glory of competition". Innovation doesn't happen by itself, it has to be encouraged, he told business leaders. In addition, there is a partnership of genuine sympathy between our people.

Later, he will address the India-Israel Business summit which will see the participation of top business personalities from both countries. He left for Israel after the attack and returned to India for the first time on Tuesday. "The job of governments like that of Prime Minister Modi and my own government is to facilitate your competitive advantages and ability to innovate".

Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, who reached in Mumbai on Wednesday evening, were given a grand welcome to the city and warmly received by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Netanyahu paid tribute to Moshe's Indian nanny, Sandra Samuels, who - along with Moshe's grandparents with whom he lives in Afula - accompanied him back to the house.

Israel is the latest in dozens of countries that have been courting Indian film producers by offering cheap locations and production facilities.

Moshe Holtzberg, the 11-year old boy saved by his nanny nine years ago during the terrorist attack at the Chabad House here returned to that home on Thursday and - in the presence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - recited a prayer of thanksgiving to God for sparing his life. India and Israel need to cement their ties on security fight against terrorism, development and agriculture as well technology. "We have to bring the talents of Indians and Israelis together", Netanyahu said, referring to efforts on getting a direct flight link between India and Israel. Farmers praised Israeli technology, and posters and billboards bearing the Israeli prime minister's likeness were plastered on roads. In the past year, the importance of the Jews of India and Indian Jews living in Israel has surged. "India is incredible because it has two cultures that had been distant but after thousands of years have met in a way that's never happened in history".

Some 166 people were killed when terrorists assaulted several sites around Mumbai's Colaba neighborhood on November 26, 2008, leading to a four-day standoff.

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