Jerusalem: President Pranab Mukherjee today called for a peaceful resolution of all disputes to which the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by affirming that his country wanted to co-exist with Arabs but would firmly fight terrorism. Mukherjee, the first Indian President to visit Israel, made a reference to the current violence in the region which has resulted heavy damage in Palestinian and Israeli. He said, “We are distressed at the recent violence.”
India condemns all forms of terrorism. We have always advocated a peaceful resolution of all disputes. He was accorded a ceremonial reception by his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin. Rivlin, in his response, said that India and Israel were “making history” by working together in a variety of fields and also in keeping “our peoples safe in the face of terrorism and fundamentalism”.
Mukherjee, who has been criticised by the Israeli media for not mentioning Palestinian “terrorism” during his stay in Palestine. Mukherjee, the first Indian President to visit Israel, addressed Knesset during an hour-long session attended by his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, Netanyahu and members from various parties. He was given a standing ovation by the House.