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AFTER THE BEAR HUGS COME BIG DEALS.

T HE second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel was marked with new highs as his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu called the partnership ' a marriage made in heaven that we are implementing here on earth'. In the backdrop of powerful statements and symbolisms by the two leaders, India and Israel engaged in seven Memorandums of Understanding ( MoUs) focusing largely on water, agriculture, science and technological innovation. Modi's ' Make in India' caught on the imagination of the Israelis as they coined a ' Make with India' insinuating long- term cooperation

Overwhelmed with the reception by Netanyahu, Modi extended an invite to him and his family that the Israeli PM readily accepted.

" Israel is among the leading nations in the field of innovation, water and agricultural technology.

These are also among my priority areas in India's development. We agreed that efficiency of water and resource use, water conservation and its purification, productivity increases in agriculture are key areas in deepening our bilateral cooperation," Modi said.

" We are of one view that together our scientists and researchers would develop, build and implement mutually beneficial solutions in the field. Our decision to establish a bilateral Technology Innovation Fund worth US$ 40 million ( ` 26,000 lakh) for research in industrial

' granting multiple entry visas to business people for up to five years will encourage greater economic and commercial exchanges'. The two Prime Ministers agreed to upgrade their scientific and technological collaboration by supporting ' joint research and development projects in the cutting edge areas, including Big Data Analytics in Health Care'. " Recognising that terrorism poses a grave threat to global peace and stability, the two Prime Ministers reiterated their strong commitment to combat it in all its forms and manifestations.

They stressed that there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds whatsoever," the joint statement said.

" The leaders asserted that strong measures should be taken against terrorists, terror organisations, their networks and all those who encourage, support and finance terrorism, or provide sanctuary to terrorists and terrorist groups. They also underscored the need to ensure that terrorist organisations do not get access to any WMD or technologies," it added.

" You and I will change the world. We are making history together... This is a marriage made in heaven... we are implementing it here on earth," Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

" We are talking of cooperation in third world countries... We can help the people of Africa as well.

We want to fight the bad and work for the good. It is a partnership to seek and defend the good, achieve the good." Earlier in the day, Modi met President Reuven Rivlin before heading for a closed- door meeting and working lunch with Netanyahu. A meeting with young Moshe, a survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack and a community event with the Indian diaspora saw several emotionally charged moments.

On Thursday Modi is set to visit Haifa, around 150 kilometres from Jerusalem. " There is a slice of history in the city of Haifa that is very dear to my country. This is the final resting place for 44 of our Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War I to liberate the city. I will travel to Haifa to pay homage to our brave Indian soldiers," Modi announced.

development will help us in achieving this goal," he added.

The two Prime Ministers discussed the developments pertaining to the Israeli- Palestinian Peace Process and underlined the need for the establishment of a just and durable peace in the region. " They reaffirmed their support for an early negotiated solution between the sides based on mutual recognition and security arrangements," a joint statement issued by the ministry of external affairs stated.

Pitching for relaxations in visa norms to aid easier movement of businessmen and women, the two countries underlined their expectation that Both countries in their deals focused largely on water, agriculture, science, technological innovation and fight against terror

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