Prime Minister of India surprises Netanyahu at airport

Prime Minister Modi himself arrives at airport to greet Netanyahu instead of planned reception by Foreign Affairs Minister.

Mordechai Sones ,

Netanyahu and Modi
Netanyahu and Modi

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara landed this morning in Delhi, the capital of India, for a state visit described by Netanyahu and his staff as "historic".

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised Prime Minister Netanyahu and personally received him at the airport, even though according to the original plan India's Foreign Affairs Minister was expected to welcome the Prime Minister.

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Modi even tweeted in his Twitter account a Hebrew greeting in Netanyahu's honor, "Welcome to India, my friend PM Netanyahu! Your visit to India is historic and special. It will further cement the close friendship between our nations."

Netanyahu responded with surprise and said, "Thank you, my dear friend Modi, for the warm and personal welcome to India; I very much appreciate this moving gesture."

Before his departure, Netanyahu told journalists, "Tonight I am going to visit India, and I will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the President of India, and many other leaders. We will sign many agreements," Netanyahu told reporters.

"We are strengthening the connection between Israel and this important global power. This helps us in security, economy, trade, tourism, and many other fields. This is a very great blessing for the State of Israel."

In response to a reporter's question, Netanyahu also referred to the recordings of his son Yair's inebriated boasting: "My wife and I stand here as a father and mother to our son. He is a young boy who loves the State of Israel with all his soul. I want you to think how you would feel if they degraded your children with unbounded cruelty, wickedness, and hypocrisy. I say this not only to the media, I say it to public figures who sanctimoniously wag their tongues with absurd hypocrisy."