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Pitch for stronger ties with Israel

26 June, 2017 7:25 PM
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A group of prominent Indian Americans and Jewish Americans are planning to use Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel soon after his visit to the U.S. capital as an occasion to buttress the idea of an India-Israel-U.S. triangular partnership in security and technology.

Mr. Modi will reach Israel on July 4 for a three-day visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister.

A delegation of nearly two dozen Indian Americans and Jewish Americans will travel to Israel, corresponding with the PM’s tour.

The group will host policy forums at Israeli think tanks, and participate in a community event that Mr. Modi is scheduled to address in Israel. The American Jewish Committee’s Asia Pacific Institute, Indian American group Indiaspora and Global Indian Jewish Relations Institute (GIJRI) are organising the initiative.

Policy forums at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University, BESA (Begin-Sadat Center) and Bar Ilan University will discuss opportunities for enhancing India-Israel relations in the academic, commercial, start-up, entrepreneurship, emergency management & strategic arenas, said M.R. Rangaswami, founder of Indiaspora. Mr. Rangaswami said with the close cooperation between Indian, Jewish and American entrepreneurs, a “tech triangle” between Bengaluru, Tel Aviv and Silicon Valley is taking shape.


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