As PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday embarked on his three-day trip to Israel, a first by an Indian Prime Minister, the trip is touted as a historical development considering the fact that PM Modi chose not to visit Palestine on the same trip.

In a special gesture, Israeli PM Netanyahu received PM Modi when he arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. Such a special gesture has been done by Israel only for US Presidents, including Donald Trump, and the Pope.

The Israeli PM welcomed PM Modi by saying Aapka swagat hai mere dost‘ (You are welcome my friend) and in his welcome speech talked about India’s culture, tradition, history and democracy. 

PM Modi while speaking at the welcome ceremony began the speech by thanking PM Netanyahu for receiving him with so much warmth. The Indian Prime Minister added that his visit will strength “our societies and our partnership”.

PM Modi said, “We have to secure our societies against the common threat of terrorism. This is an exciting journey that we will undertake together, for the good of our people and our society.” 

Both PM Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to discuss various issues ranging from terrorism and ways to boost economic ties between the two nations.

Here are the live updates of the arrival of PM Modi and his welcome: 

11:36 pm IST | We must resolutely oppose evils of terrorism, radicalism and violence: PM Modi

11:35 pm IST |  India-Israel ties have seen rapid growth over the last several years: PM Modi 

11:32 pm IST | We also face common challenges, first of it is to defeat forces of terror. Need to stand and work together: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

11: 30 pm IST PM Benjamin Netanyahu and PM Modi addresses during press statement.

09: 57 pm ISTPM Modi visits grave of Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl in Jerusalem.

09: 24 pm IST | PM Modi signs Visitors’ Book at Yad Vashem, memorial to victims of the Holocaust.


09: 10 pm ISTPM Modi pays tribute, lays wreath at Yad Vashem, memorial to victims of the Holocaust.


09: 00 pm ISTCrysanthumun flower will be named in honour of PM Modi. The flower will be called ‘Modi.’


08: 25 pm IST | PM Modi to visit Yad Vashem, memorial to the victims of the Holocaus

07: 43 pm ISTPM Modi visits Danziger Flower Farm, in Israel


07:25 pm IST | PM Narendra Modi to visit Danziger Flower Farm in a while.

06:52 pm IST

06:49 pm IST | PM Modi begins his speech at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel

06:32 pm ISTWe can do even better together, welcome to Israel my friend PM Modi: Israeli PM

06:30 pm ISTIsraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying, “Aapka swagat hai mere dost”.

06:28 pm IST | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives PM Modi at Ben Gurion Airport 



06:25 pm IST | PM Narendra Modi arrives at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel 


06:20 pm IST | PM Narendra Modi arrives in Israel in the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian PM


06:15 pm IST | Preparations at full swing to welcome PM Modi at at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel.


“PM Narendra Modi emplanes for a historic visit to Israel, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister,” the Prime Minister’s office tweeted.

PM Modi will be in Israel until July 6 before travelling to Hamburg, Germany, to attend the G-20 summit.