Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India next week

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Israeli Prime Minister Prime Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive here on Sunday to give a fillip to 25 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries during a six-day trip that will also take him to Ahmedabad for a roadshow with "friend" Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Netanyahu's son and his friends were accompanied by a state-funded bodyguard responsible for providing security as they entertained themselves. Israelis were angered by Netanyahu's disparaging remarks about women, his use of taxpayer-funded vehicle and bodyguard to visit a strip club, and his bragging about his father helping a businessman. Calling Mr. Netanyahu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "ideological soulmates", the edit says: "One represents right-wing ultra Jewish nationalism while the other is an advocate of right-wing Hindutva nationalism". Police are reportedly investigating Prime Minister Netanyahu for allegedly helping a Hollywood producer, an Australian businessman and a leading Israeli newspaper publisher in exchange for favors in recent years.

"The Prime Minister's visit to India is the grand finale to the celebrations of 25 years of Growing Partnership between India and Israel". Delegation-level talks will follow.

Speaking with reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the prime minister said his son was right to apologize.

The premier will travel with 130 businesspersons from his country. Series of business events have been lined up as Netanyahu makes a return visit after PM Narendra Modi visited Israel previous year.

Bala Bhaskar, the Joint Secretary WANA (West Africa and North Africa) division in India's foreign ministry, said "India and Israel's bilateral relationship has been expanding in the areas of agriculture, water, science and technology, innovation, start-up, space, education, culture, homeland security and defence", since the establishment of diplomatic ties. Both the leaders are likely to visit Sabarmati Ashram, abode of Mahatma Gandhi.

In Mumbai, Netanyahu will highlight the importance of fighting terrorism.

In Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community. This is also why I vehemently oppose the exclusion of women [from public affairs].

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