July 05, 2017: Our Prime Minister’s visit to Israel is a historic one since this is the first time that a Prime Minister of India is visiting this remarkable country. Apart from our relationships in agriculture, water security and climate risk management, we have a long record of friendship with Israeli people. I shall cite one example. On the occasion of the conferment of an Honorary Doctorate Degree on me in 1998, The President of the University of Jerusalem remarked that “you come from a country which is the only one which has never persecuted Jews in our 2000 year history”. I felt very proud and I do hope that our Prime Ministers’ visit will further emphasise the tradition of India in friendship for all and violence towards none.
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