In this issue:
-Visit of Israeli Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit to India
-"Israel- Birth of a Nation" – A unique exhibition
- Indian Muslim delegation visits Israel & more<.
The Israeli Home Minister Mr. Meir Sheetrit
paid a 2 day visit to New Delhi to attend the
second Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster
During his visit the minister called on Minister
of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mukherjee, Minister of
Home Affairs Mr. Shivraj Patil and Panchayati
Raj Minister Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer.
The Minister discussed matters of mutual interest and means to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries. Minister Sheetrit stressed upon that Israel is keen on upgrading technological cooperation between the two countries and foresees a bright future for the growing relations between India and Israel.
Israel believes India has enormous potential. Whilst, following the independence of both countries, the first 45 years were something of a “missed opportunity” for collaboration; Sheetrit believes collaboration is increasing steadily. “There are over 90 Israeli companies in India, in different fields. There are many Indian companies in Israel,” he pointed out. It has not peaked as
of yet and there is much more room for growth.”
Israel, according to Sheetrit, is interested on developing global conventions against terrorism. “Laws to hinder terrorists activities and movements between countries,” he explained.
“Countries fighting terrorists need to target those who shelter, train and finance them. Israel is open to cooperation with India to tackle terror. We share some of our abilities,” he said.
As part of continued celebrations in marking
ththe 60 anniversary of the establishment of the
State of Israel and 15 years of the Indo-Israel
diplomatic relations, the Embassy of Israel
brought to Delhi a unique photographic
exhibition, “Israel: Birth of a Nation”, a
compilation of more than 120 pictures taken by
two giants in Israeli photojournalism- David
Rubinger and Paul Goldman, showcasing
decisive moments and key personalities from
David Rubinger and Paul Goldman, the two
national photographers of Israel, have
succeeded in capturing the history of the
state in a personal and intimate manner.
Both escaped the Nazi regime and became
photographers as Israel was going through
the agonies and triumphs of a nation being
born. They managed to capture moments of
great historical significance, as well as daily
life of regular men and women and rare
moments of the personal lives of the Israeli
leadership- the photo of David Ben Gurion
(first Israeli Prime Minister) doing a
headstand on the beach in Hertzliya, is only
David Rubinger says, “I feel that the pictures or moments captured today are the first records of history for the future generations. It is through these pictures that the future generations relate to the past of their
country and their people. I especially love the one of Former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat whispering
in Former Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin's ear. When two leaders of two nations who had fought
three bitter wars against each other can be that intimate, I see hope. And I love hope.”
The acclaimed exhibition, held in India for the first time, has vowed crowds in North America and Europe. “Israel- Birth of a Nation” was held at the esteemed Lalit Kala Academy between thrd27 October and 3 November 2007.
In an extraordinary visit to Israel, organized by
the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the
Australian Israel Jewish Affairs Council, a
delegation of Indian Muslim leaders and
journalists headed by Maulana Jamil Ilyasi,
president of the All India Organization of
Imams and Mosques visited Israel in the month
of August 2007. Among the other members of
the delegation were Akhtarul Wasey, the head
of the department of Islamic Studies at Jamia
Millia Islamia, Mahmoodur Rahman, former
vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University
(AMU), and Sahara Samay editor Aziz Burney.
The delegates called upon the Israeli President,
the Honorable Shimon Peres and the Minister
for Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Tzipi Livni.
President Peres said that whereas past
international efforts had focused on separating
religion from the state, the current struggle is to separate all religions from all types of terrorism adding that "we are all children of Abraham.” President Peres also noted the Indian struggle against terrorism and factionalism, praising the country for maintaining its democratic character throughout.
The delegates called upon the Israeli President, the Honorable Shimon Peres and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Tzipi Livni. President Peres said that whereas past international efforts had focused on separating religion from the state, the current struggle is to separate all religions from all types of terrorism adding that "we are all children of Abraham.” President
Peres also noted the Indian struggle against terrorism and factionalism, praising the country for maintaining its democratic character throughout.
Foreign Minister Livni expressed the hope that visits of a distinguished delegation such as this one would encourage Muslim communities in other countries to show tolerance for Israel. She stressed that Israel is striving to develop peaceful relations and cooperation with its neighbors as well as a dialogue with Muslim communities around the world. Livni noted that the meeting was important, constituting a significant step in removing stereotypes on both sides. Maulana Ilyasi said his visit had reversed many of his own prejudices: "My initial impression was that the Israelis are certainly dominating Muslims out here. Once I came here, that impression completely changed. I saw the reality on the ground, the mutual respect Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews have for each other. Constant conflict is not the reality here." In Jerusalem, he said, "I saw that Muslims, Christians and Jews living side by side happily, not at each other's throats." The visit follows a previous visit that took place earlier this year when a delegation of Jewish Rabbis, including Chief Rabby Yonah Metzger, made a similar trip to India.
The delegation took part in an inter-religious dialogue with representatives of the Chief Rabbinate, Rabbi Yonah Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar during which a joint declaration was signed. Maulana Ilyasi urged that "the time for violence has come to an end, and the era of peace and dialogue between Muslims and Jews has begun".
They also took a tour to the city of Sderot where they witnessed with their own eyes a missile attack on the city coming from Gaza after which they had to run for
The Holy Month of Ramzan has an important and special meaning and the joyous occasion of Eid- Ul-
Fitr is a day of celebration, fellowship, brotherhood and unity for all the Muslim communities in India and all over the world. A day to be thankful for the good things we receive and for our friends and family.
We hope that this Id- Ul- Fitr would further strengthen the bonds of our composite society and usher in peace, prosperity and happiness for all.
Prime Minister Olmert wishes Muslims in Israel and worldwide Muslim communities a happy Eid- Ul-
Fitr holiday. He said that he wishes that the values of the holiday - closeness, sharing with others,
concern for others and inner calm - inspire the diplomatic process and that we all merit peace in the
On behalf of Government and citizens of Israel wish you and your families, “Eid Mubarak."
Minister-Counsellor, Deputy Chief of Mission
Professor Emmanuel Sivan, Professor of
Islamic History at the Hebrew University,
th thJerusalem visited Delhi from 13to 16 October
2007. During the visit, Prof. Sivan delivered
talks at various forums and think tanks and
interacted with Indian scholars, academics and
members of the media during which they
exchanged the views on Radical Islam.
Born on a Kibbutz, Sivan was among the first scholars to begin to look at radical forms of Islamic movements that were generated from the Iranian revolution in the late 1980s. He has authored many books on contemporary Islam; some of his publications include “Radical Islam”, “The 1948 Generation”, “Mythes Politiques Arabes”, “Interpretations of Islam” and “Religious radicalism & Politics in the Middle East”. Prof. Emmanuel Sivan said that given the current scenario, The nuclearisation of West Asian states, and not the threat of terrorism as often portrayed by the media, is the biggest danger facing the region today. Al-Qaida, said Sivan, will try to operate in every region where it identifies a weak link, including South East Asia.
Genady Shlomper, a Hindi professor who
was recently honored at the 8th World Hindi
Conference and who teaches Hindi at Tel
Aviv University and Hebrew (Jerusalem)
University, says “I live in Israel and I teach
Hindi in Tel Aviv Mahavidyalay and
Jerusalem Vishwavidyalaya." He visited India
to enhance his Hindi skills by roaming the
streets. This was his second visit to India. His
first visit was 30 years ago.
Professor Shlomper did his MA in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi from University of Moscow. He has also been instrumental in organizing Hindi Diwas in Israel for the past several years, which has attracted hundreds of India enthusiasts.
Shlomper was recently honored at the 8th World Hindi Conference in New York held in July 2007 for his contribution to popularizing Hindi in Israel. Genady Shlomper has been teaching Hindi for several years during which more than 260 students have graduated with Hindi as one of their main subjects.
Asked how he enriches his Hindi knowledge, Prof. Shlomper says he keeps up to date by reading Hindu books, watching films and listening to music. Prof. Shlomper has come to India to interact with people, practice his Hindi skills and travel to Indian cities - Delhi, Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi to make his experience complete.
A delegation led by President of World
WIZO Helena Glaser visited India to
participate in the XXXIV Congress of the
International Alliance of Women organized
by the All India Women's Conference held
thstfrom 26 October to 1 November 2007.
This was the first ever visit of a representative
of WIZO to India and Mrs. Glaser expressed
hope that this visit would pave the way for
WIZO's activities in India for the future such as sending Israeli women speakers on feminist issues as well as the setting up of discussion forums for discussion to strengthen the Jewish communities in India. At the same times WIZO also plans to have Indian representatives at the
annual WIZO General Meeting in Israel scheduled to take place on January 13, 2008. WIZO, the Women's International Zionist Organization, is a non-party international movement dedicated to the advancement of the status of women, welfare of all sectors of Israeli society, strengthening the bond between World Jewry and the State of Israel, supporting the absorption of new immigrants and encouragement of Jewish education in Israel and the Diaspora.
Some of the WIZO Projects include day care centers, youth villages, schools including boarding schools, a high School for Art & Design, secondary vocational schools,-a school For Gardening & Landscape Technology, a technological high school, youth clubs, a college of Design & Teacher Training, Wizo Centers, shelters for battered women, parents homes, and centers for the prevention of violence.
This workshop was aimed at
providing technical know-how on
advanced Micro Irrigation technologies.
The Embassy of Israel and MASHAV
department in collaboration with FICCI,
organized a five day International
Workshop-cum-Training Program on
Micro-Irrigation Technologies and
Automation in Irrigation Systems from
August 6 - 10, 2007, FICCI
at Federation House, New Delhi.
Mashav - the Center for International
Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry of
Israel, which provides agricultural
training and technical cooperation
programs, has trained almost 2,00,000
course participants from approximately
140 countries, in Israel and abroad in
the past three decades.
Two Israeli experts Mr. Gad Elharar and Dr. Uriel Or conducted the workshop, in which over 80 participants took part at New Delhi and Pune. This workshop which was focused on design and installation of drip and sprinkler irrigation systems, developments in fertilization and automation of irrigation systems, proved beneficial to participants in acquiring knowledge on innovative irrigation techniques, disseminating it to the farmers and enhancing business.
The 5th Israeli Medical Cadets Program on
Health & First Aid in India took place from
13th – 24th August 2007 where students and
teachers from schools in New
Delhi participated in Emergency and First Aid
training. An Israeli delegation comprising of
21 members arrived in Delhi on 13th August
The instructors, as in previous years, were a
group of 21 teenagers from Israel, who
routinely volunteer as paramedics in Israeli
hospitals and were selected to teach their
Indian counterparts following a rigorous
screening process. Over the last few years, the
Israeli Medical Cadets have trained students
in schools in Delhi, Pune (Maharashtra) and
The programme is organized by Ritinjali (an NGO), and the India Trust, in collaboration with by the Embassy of Israel, New Delhi.
The teenagers from Israel trained their Indian counterparts in emergency treatments like first aid, resuscitation, injuries associated with climate conditions, head injuries, chest injuries, fractures etc.
During their stay the Israeli Medical Cadets were hosted by the students of Vasant Valley School
thand celebrated the 60 anniversary of India’s Independence together with Indian students. The
Indian hosts were invited to visit Israel by the Medical Cadets.
The Medical Cadets Health Organization, a project unique to Israel, involves teenagers who receive basic medical training and volunteer as paramedics in hospitals and ambulances throughout the country. The young (ages 10-18) volunteers become "Health Ambassadors" in their communities and in communities abroad to which they are invited, advancing health education locally and worldwide. In addition the teenagers also learned about each other's cultures and made friends.
Israel has put forward a proposal for a Free
Trade Agreement (FTA) with India to boost
burgeoning economic and bilateral ties.
Israel’s deputy prime minister and Minister
for Trade and Industry, Eliyahu Yishai
conveyed this during a meeting with Indian
Minister of State for Trade and Industry,
Ashwani Kumar, who led a high-level FICCI
business delegation to Israel.
"The wish to renew and deepen bilateral ties
was reiterated during the meeting, outlining major areas of cooperation for comprehensive economic development," Kumar said, adding India will also actively consider Israeli proposal for an FTA.
India and Israel have emphasized that
efforts should be made to fully utilize the
potential for enhanced economic
cooperation between the two countries.
This was decided during the visit of Union
Minister of State for Commerce and
Industry Ashwani Kumar who headed a
high-level FICCI delegation to Israel in the
month of August 2007.
Israeli President Shimon Peres lauded India as a unique example of a nation that has achieved high economic growth consistent with its cultural values during his meeting with Mr. Kumar adding that the economic growth in India is based on the strength of the people and is oriented towards benefiting the people while maintaining its cultural identity and its soul. The two leaders emphasized that efforts should be made to fully utilize the potential for enhanced economic cooperation especially in the fields of solar energy, water technology, nanotechnology, agriculture, including organic farming and medicine between the two countries. Mr. Kumar also called upon Israeli Deputy Prime Ministers Ellie Yishai and Shaul Mofaz and vowed to have a comprehensive partnership with India based on recognition and appreciation for its role in shaping the new global order. Israel is also mulling opening a second trade office in India, most probably in Bangalore.
Israel also plans to open its second trade office in the country, which is likely to come up in Bangalore where several of its hi-tech companies have been active for almost a decade. High-tech,
genomics, nanotechnology, water technology, security systems, agriculture etc were mentioned as some of the areas where existing cooperation could be enhanced and new areas explored. "The focus on multi-dimensional, multi-faceted comprehensive economic development can give a new dimension to Indo-Israel bilateral ties," the minister told PTI.
Israel, Punjab ink deal on solar power
An Israeli renewable energy company, MST, has proposed to set up solar power plants in Punjab. The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has asked the Israeli firm to set up a demo project in the state to establish the viability and efficiency of the plant. The salient feature of the plant is that the solar module would be computerized to automatically track the movement of the sun and adjust accordingly. Should the project would prove viable, it would be a boon for the villages of Punjab, as it requires less area as compared to conventional modules, contributing to huge electricity savings.
ECI, Israel wins follow-on contract from India’s Bharti Airtel Globes 04 Sep 2007
ECI Telecom Ltd. (Nasdaq: ECIL) will supply Indian telecommunications services provider Bharti Airtel Ltd. with its XDM Converged Multi-Service Provisioning Platform, which will enable Bharti to provide broadband data, voice and leased lines, as well as other services, and increase its subscriber base. ECI did not disclose the size of the contract, but sources estimate it at almost $50 million.
Mivtach Shamir, Israel invests $13 million in Indian real estate YNet
Mivtach Real Estate, a subsidiary of the investment company Mivtach Shamir, has purchased along with its partners 275 acres of land in the Indian city of Chennai, where it plans to build assets spreading over 2.25 million square meters (24.2 million square feet), including offices, hotels and commercial centers. Mivatch Shamir's investment is expected to amount to $13 million (out of a total of $30 million), and in exchange it will own 32% of the Indian project company.
Bloomberg: Elbit Medical imaging to invest $1.2b in India Globes 03 Sep 2007
"Bloomberg" reports that Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd. and Plaza Centers NV will invest 50 billion rupees ($1.2 billion) in India to build entertainment and commercial centers. The company plans to develop 50 properties in five to seven years, the Amsterdam-registered company said in a statement in Mumbai today. It will construct the malls in cities such as Bangalore and Pune. The move comes less than one month after Elbit Medical's sale of Arena Plaza mall in Hungary for $550 million.
Gazit Globe to invest $110m in India YNet 27 August 2007
Gazit Globe real estate has recently signed a $110 million investment deal in India, Yedioth Ahronoth published. The company partnered with Hiref International, which is part of the HDFC Group, one of India's largest developers. Hiref had recently received $750 million in investment commitments and is expected to invest in various real estate development ventures, ranging from commercial, high-tech and technological parks and combined city compounds, through to residential complexes and hotel resorts.
Israeli Company B.S.R. Engineering to build 3,000 housing units in Bangalore, India YNet 17 Sep 2007
B.S.R. Engineering & Development Ltd. is in the midst of advanced negotiations to purchase land earmarked for the construction of 3,000 housing units in Bangalore, India, Yedioth Ahronoth reported. The deal, which is estimated at tens of millions of dollars, is expected to be finalized in the coming days, the report said.
The India Festival in Israel to celebrate 60 years of Independence and 15 years of Indo-Israel diplomatic relations got off to a thriving start with Odissi danseuse Kavita Dwibedi and sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee performing to a capacity audience at the Klatchkin Auditorium, Ramat Aviv city in Israel. The renowned Odissi performer brought visual delight to the audience with the perfect use of her expressive eyes and rhythmic body movements.
Israel's Housing and Construction Minister, Zeev Boim, who was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony, praised the achievements at the bilateral front in such a short time calling upon to fully tap the vast potential to "reach new heights".
An Indian film festival featuring ten films also held in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Rosh Pina. Indian films are very popular in Israel and in great demand that is why these films are regularly shown on Israeli cable network.
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