Jan. 19, 2018
- Netanyahu’s Visit to India Shows Great Optics – David Wainer
At the start of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first state visit to India this week, his counterpart, Narendra Modi, showed up unexpectedly to greet him on the tarmac. In Modi’s home state, children waved Star of David flags and sang in Hebrew. Farmers praised Israeli technology, and posters and billboards bearing the Israeli prime minister’s likeness were plastered on roads.
Both leaders see Israel’s technology-oriented economy as a natural fit for India’s, which needs innovation to improve everything from farming to healthcare. Israel has more than 30 agricultural training centers in India, where locals learn Israeli water-conservation and energy-efficiency techniques. Israel Foreign Ministry Director-General Yuval Rotem said, “We are engaging on all fronts, beyond the military and diplomacy. We are creating links in the movie industry, oil and gas, cyber and more.” (Bloomberg)