As August 4 is celebrated as Friendship Day in the world, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated his friendship with Prime Minister Modi by wishing him on the day. An official page of Israeli embassy in India posted a video of Prime Minister Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu with the tune of the famous hindi friendship song 'ye Dosti Hum Nahi todenge'. The post said that Israel hopes that the friendship and partnership of the countries continue to flourish.
Responding to the gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that bth countries are tested friends. "Thank you and wishing a Happy Friendship Day to Israel’s wonderful citizens & my good friend Benjamin Netanyahu. India and Israel are time tested friends," PM Modi wrote in Hebrew.
While India and Israel share an extensive economic, military and strategic, Netanyahu will visit India for a day on September 9 and meet his counterpart Narendra Modi, eight days before he faces re-election. Netanyahu had created history on July 20 by surpassing Israel's first premier David Ben-Gurion record as the longest-serving PM.
The Likud party leader had visited India in January 2018, whereas PM Modi had gone to Tel Aviv in 2017, becoming the first Indian prime minister to tour the Jewish state. Netanyahu was the first world leader to congratulate Modi for scripting an "impressive victory" in the 2019 General Elections and had vowed to strengthen their "great friendship" as well as bilateral ties with India. Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's close ties with his Indian counterpart PM Narendra Modi, an election advertisement banner featuring the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi standing with Netanyahu has been spotted in Israel on Sunday.