In the night of Sunday, 14 January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on an official visit to India. The visit will last five days, he is confined to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and India and takes place six months after a visit to Israel, Prime Minister Narendra modi.
Before leaving, the Prime Minister of Israel, said: «I’m going on a historical visit to India, where he will meet with the Prime Minister, my friend Narendra modi, President of India and other leaders of this country. In the course of the visit will be signed a variety of agreements. We strengthen links with this important world power. This meets our interests in Economics, trade, foreign policy, defence and many others.»
Commenting on reports of air force strike on terrorist infrastructure in the Gaza strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, «Some claim that we are bombing only sand dunes, but it is not. Israel attacks the infrastructure conducive to launching attacks against us. If necessary, we apply more powerful blows».
Netanyahu went to India accompanied by a delegation consisting of approximately 150 businessmen.
January 13, media reported that the Prime Minister’s son, Yair Netanyahu, remained in Israel and did not go to India, as originally planned. According to many, it is associated with the controversial audio recording with the participation of Yair Netanyahu, published last week. Before leaving, the Prime Minister commented on this episode. «I want you to ask yourself, what would feel, if your children so cruelly, cynically and basely trampled. I’m not just saying this to the press, I say that public figures, who with unfathomable hypocrisy and cynicism clicked his tongue,» said Netanyahu. He added: «My wife and I talk about this as parents of a young man who love the state of Israel.» Netanyahu thanked the citizens of Israel who expressed their support. «We lean against this incomprehensible cruelty,» he said.