Indian authorities pulled out the stops during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit this week: His counterpart Narendra Modi showed up unexpectedly to greet him on the tarmac.
Netanyahu held discussions with top Indian CEOs, industrialists and bankers at the iconic Hotel Taj Mahal Palace.
The dignitaries who were present at the breakfast included Ajay Piramal, Rahul Bajaj, Adi Godrej, Harsh Goenka, Anand Mahindra, Dilip Shanghvi, Ashok Hinduja, Atul Punj and Chanda Kochhar. "Israel wants to build partnership with you", Netanyahu said before concluding his speech by chanting, "Jai Hind, Jai Bharat, Jai Israel". An Indian delegation is scheduled to arrive in Israel next month for more talks, he said.
He pointed out that the people of both Israel and India were "seizing the future", but if they got together they can get there a lot quicker. In addition, there is a partnership of genuine sympathy between our people.
Israel and India enjoy the sharing of technological developments, and India is one of Israel's biggest clients in the defense technology market. "My solid assessment is that it will go much faster than you think - within a year from now", Netanyahu told Israeli reporters during his ongoing visit to India on Wednesday. Netanyahu will also meet with members of the Mumbai Jewish community at the site.
The scope of their military deals - including one for SPIKE missiles worth half a billion dollars - and the fact India no longer automatically supports every anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations are both strong measures of the improving relationship.
As the prime minister left, Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, who is the current director of the Chabad House, walked back up to the now near-empty hall holding his toddler, Gavi, named for Holtzberg and almost the same age Moshe was when he was forced from the home.
The Israeli prime minister who landed in Mumbai today was greeted with traditional song and dance ceremonies. India ranks 40th on the list of 137 countries. Netanyahu then proceeded to the nearby Nariman House, where he met 11-year-old Moshe Holtzberg. "India has the vision and leadership under Modi", said Netanyahu.
"I see that you are developing and growing nicely", he said. Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, and four of their guests, were among the 166 murdered during the three-day siege. He also invited Netanyahu to accompany him to India in two years for his bar mitzvah.
While attending an event, Shalom Bollywood, the Israeli PM said that he loves Bollywood.