Namaste Modi Ji! Ahead Of Visit, Israelis Welcome PM Modi In Hindi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Israel on a three-day visit beginning July 4

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Namaste Modi Ji! Ahead Of Visit, Israelis Welcome PM Modi In Hindi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit will be the first by an Indian PM to Israel

New Delhi:  Days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to Israel, the Israeli embassy in India posted a video to Twitter with Israeli citizens welcoming PM Modi in Hindi.

PM Modi will travel to Israel on a three-day visit beginning July 4, becoming the first Indian prime minister to step on Israeli soil. The Foreign Ministry officially announced his visit on Wednesday evening.

Late on Wednesday night, the Israeli embassy posted a minute-long video in which various Israeli citizens in Jerusalem welcome PM Modi.

"Namaste Modi ji," says one woman in the video, her hands folded. "Israel mein aapka swagat hai." (Welcome to Israel).

Another says, "Bharat aur Israel ke sambandho mein vriddhi ho aur mazboot bane." (I hope relations between India and Israel keep growing stronger.)

There's even a rousing welcome in Hindi from the embassy's New Delhi staff. Israel's Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon, ends the video with a similar message in both Hindi and Hebrew.

Watch the video below:
 

The video has been 'liked' over 5,700 times and retweeted over 3,600 times on Twitter. 

PM Modi responded Thursday morning with a tweet thanking them in Hindi:
 

On Twitter, many Indians appreciated the gesture: 
    

PM Modi's visit marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel. 

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