- Israeli PM recalls 'personal' significance of visit by PM Modi
- 30 years ago he'd taken Sara, now his wife, on date to Indian restaurant
- Dinner in PM Modi's honour prepared by same restaurant owner
Calling his meetings with PM Modi the first day of a historic journey, Mr Netanyahu, who had hosted the visiting premier to a private dinner last night, remembered a dinner date at an Indian restaurant in Tel Aviv that he and Sara, now his wife, had gone for 30 years earlier.
"So yesterday, I asked Reena Pushkarna, who is the owner of this restaurant, to prepare this dinner for this date, and it was equally good," the Israeli prime minister said, referring to the chef Pushkarna, who runs a chain of restaurants in Israel and is also known as its Curry Queen.
The Israeli PM also spoke about the Israeli singer of Indian origin, Liora Itzhak, who performed at the dinner hosted at his official residence. "She sang a song hauntingly beautiful, in Hindi. But also she sang a Hebrew song, 'You and I will change the world," he said.
It is a phase that Mr Netanyahu had used to describe Israel's partnership with China during his visit to Beijing in May this year when he also called the Jewish state China's "perfect junior partner". Earlier, he had used the "marriage made in heaven" phrase to refer to the partnership with software giant, Microsoft.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi had also noted the unprecedented welcome that he was receiving in Israel and expressed his gratitude to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who came out to receive him. "The President of Israel welcomed me so warmly, he broke protocol. This is a mark of respect for the people of India." PM Modi said.
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