Prime Minister Modi in Israel: Warm Hugs and Agreements

Prime Minister Modi in Israel: Warm Hugs and Agreements

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

was in Israel from July 4- 7, 2017.

 The royal warm greetings and government attention was unprecedented,

starting with a large airport reception

with hugs and flags and music and lots of officials.

President Reuven Rivlin hugs PM Modi at Beit Hanasi

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin greeted Modi

outside Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence,

breaking protocol with a hug instead of handshake.

Walking red carpet into Beit Hanasi PM Modi of Indie

Both men then walked the red carpet to the residence,

Modi signing guest book with President Reuven Rivlin watching

and Prime Minister Modi signed the guest book.

President Rivlin and PM Modi shake hands after signing guest book in Jerusalem Israel

Time for another warm handshake moment,

In Jerusalem Israel India Prime Minister Modi signed official guest book

after the warm message.

Official meeting of Israel President Rivlin and PM India Modi in Jerusalem, Israel

Media crowded into the official reception room.

Most of the press left for the next stop on the full itinerary,

President Reuven Rivlin introduces head of Israeli Army to PM Modi of India in Jerusalem, Israel

and missed the commander-in-chief of the Israeli Army

Gadi Eizenkot, arriving to shake hands with Modi.

Then at the King David Hotel,

Lunch table at King David Hotel for PM Modi of India and those officials signing agreements.

the table was set for a lunch meeting between

the Prime Ministers and delegation officials.

Media ready for speeches of Israel and India Prime Ministers at King David Hotel i

The lunch went longer than scheduled

but the cameras were ready

Israeli government MK Kara and Stelinlitz at King David Hotel for India Israel press conference

while Israeli Ministers chatted and also waited.

PM Modi and Netanyahu enter room for press conference at King David Hotel Jerusalem Israel

The Prime Ministers made their entrance,

Prime Ministers Israel and India at press conference

and gave their speeches

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Prime Minister Modi of India hug in Jerusalem after signing of agreements

followed by more hugs.

There were numerous jokes,

of this warm and hugging visit,Sign for Modi in Israel

and of Modi in Israel.

Photos of the Prime Ministers wading into the sea,

signing agreements, hugging, and

meeting terror survivor Moishe Holtzman

made some news reports.

They also went to see the Cochin Synagogue exhibit in the Israel Museum.

The attention showered on the Indian Prime Minister,

was more than I have seen for any recent international visitor.

 Israel’s Prime Minister acted as host and tour guide.

The love, respect, and worship, that the Indian visitors

showed for their Prime Minister was impressive.

The extensive agreements that were signed have great potential

for both countries and beyond,

Globe photo shopped over bald head in photo of important press conference

 the whole world should be applauding.

(Thanks to my friend Ron for photo-shopping the globe here.)

After all the waiting for the official ceremonies,

the tallest man in the room was seated in the front row,

and his bald head blocked my camera view.

Jokes, hugs and smiles,

the potential of this visit must be acknowledged.

Additional photos: King David Hotel  and Beit Hanasi.

Jerusalem Summer Colors

Jerusalem Summer Colors

Summertime in Jerusalem, Israel, when it gets hot,

it is often hard to walk outside.

In the evening, sometimes it cools off.

A photo walk provides a great excuse to leave

my air conditioned room.

Dried from summer sun weed photo

Though plants are drying out from the harsh sun,

there is new color to be found.

British Mandate mail boxes in Yemin Moshe painted red

These British Mandate post boxes in

Yemin Moshe have been painted bright red.

Pillbox painted white and read with British soldiers in Rechavia Jerusalem Israel

The Rechavia Pillbox has British soldiers again.

 I doubt the British army dressed like that

  back in the summers of 1930’s in Jerusalem.

Lion Fountain Jerusalem Israel bird on top

This live bird on top of Lion’s Fountain,

had gotten my attention.

The water has stopped flowing at the top,

Children splashing in Lion Fountain to cool off on hot Jerusalem, Israel night

but children still cool off in the fountain below.

However,

Jerusalem Israel Teddy Park fountain with children in water

Teddy Fountain is more popular these days, and nights.

Old City Jerusalem, Israel view of walls at sunset

This view at sunset never tires,

always a new color reflected on the walls at sunset.

Also in Yemin Moshe,

Yemin Moshe window with flowers Jerusalem Israel

windows with flowers,

Stairs in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel lined with flowers

and its stairs are always photo worthy.

Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel flowers

The flowers this time of year,

I love the colors,

Flowers in Yemin Moshe Jerusalem Israel

though the heat wave has faded many of these.

Colored lights at Jerusalem Light Festival 2017

The light festival is over.

Jerusalem Maccabiah Night Run 2017

The Maccabiah sports events have concluded.

Thousands came from around the world.

Tens of thousands participated in the Night Run

racing through the streets of Jerusalem.

The annual Jerusalem Film Festival is going strong,

with new this year,

multiple community showings for children.

Families are encouraged to come out in the evening

for these free films.

Hot, but still,

so many things happening on the Jerusalem streets.