NEW DELHI: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that both India and Israel face a threat from Islam.
He made these remarks while addressing a security conference in India. Netanyahu is on a six-day official visit to India that started January 15.
He stated that the two countries are discussing ways to strengthen security cooperation against the menace of ‘extremism’.
“Our way of life is being challenged, most notably, the quest for modernity, the quest for innovation [are] being challenged by Islam and its terrorist offshoots from a variety of corners,” he said.
Netanyahu is the second Israeli PM to visit India after Ariel Sharon in last 15 year. He was accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Netanyahu’s trip comes just six months after Modi visited Israel. He was the first ever Indian premier to visit the disputed country. During the visit, Modi did not meet Palestinian Authority, a customary stop for world leaders visiting the region.
In past, Indian governments had kept a distance from Israel for decades to avoid Arab nations’ fury, on which it was dependent for oil, and heeding the sentiments of its own large Muslim minority.