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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during a meeting with Indian community at the Tel Aviv Convention Center on July 5, 2017. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Israel for what he called a ‘groundbreaking’ first ever visit by an Indian premier, with growing ties between the (Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images/Forbes)

Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel last month was anything but fortuitous. It was historic in its political significance, with Modi becoming the first sitting Indian prime minister to visit Israel. The highly choreographed trip, filled with fanfare, selfies, agreement signing ceremonies, and of course Modi’s signature bear hug sent the message loud and clear that the Modi administration is eager to take bilateral relations to the next level.

India and Israel can count on each other for a host of reasons. India, celebrating its 70th year anniversary of independence this week, has transformed itself into an Asian powerhouse. Home to some 1.3 billion people, the Indian market is simply irresistible for Israeli businesses. India’s military, the world’s number one importer of arms, is a big admirer of Israeli hardware.

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