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Cut red tape, forge bonds: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu visit Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu visit Taj Mahal in Agra on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Open up economy by removing bottlenecks with ‘axe’, he says

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said intelligence, big data and defence preparedness were necessary to ensure national security. Inaugurating the third annual Raisina Dialogue of the Ministry of External Affairs, the visiting Israeli leader said he represented a “special” country that produced solutions to challenges and urged stronger partnership among India and Israel by attacking bureaucratic bottleneck with an “axe”.

“A simple lesson in our turbulent lesson is this, that the weak don’t survive. The strong survive. You make peace with the strong. Make alliance with the strong. You are able to maintain peace by being strong. Therefore, the first requirement of Israel from the time of our first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion was to achieve maximum strength to assure our existence,” said Mr. Netanyahu.

“I like soft power, but hard power is often better,” he said explaining that submarines, cyber capabilities, science and technology, interceptors were part of the security necessities to “ensuring security for countries in the present-day world”.

 

“The economic growth of the 21st century will emerge along the ‘confluence’ of big data, connectivity and artificial intelligence,” he said explaining that the future belonged to those countries who innovated along these three pillars. Mr. Netanyahu said economic, military, political powers were supplemented by the special power of values. He also urged India to open up its economy by removing bottlenecks to fast growth and start ups.

“If you want to have economic power, you must reduce taxes and you must cut bureaucracy. Government can facilitate economic growth, and government can also stop economic growth. A main job of the leaders of both India and Israel is to reduce the role of bureaucracy by cutting it with a machete, or an axe so that the firms can go on with the business of doing business,” Mr. Netanyahu said urging India and Israel to come closer on the economic front.

 

He said an alliance of democracies alone could overcome “radical Islam” which could upset the growth prospects of the world. The Israeli leader expressed his thoughts about the needs of surviving in the strife-torn world at the Raisina Dialogue which was the last big event he attended in the national capital. The next phase of his India visit would take him to Gujarat on Wednesday and Mumbai.

After reaching Ahmedabad on Wednesday, Mr. Netanyahu will visit the Sabarmati Ashram to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi. Next he will inaugurate the iCreate Center at Deo Dholera village in Ahmedabad. He will also visit a Startup Exhibition and interact with innovators and Startup CEOs.

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