Keen to have closer ties with whole of India, Israel’s Tel Aviv will soon have direct flight connectivity to Goa.
The move is being seen as yet another step to forge closer relation on completion of 25 years of diplomatic relations.
Mr Ya’akov Finkelstein, Israel’s Consul General in Mumbai, made the announcement at the opening ceremony of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), where Israel is the country of focus.
He said that Israelis love India, specifically Israelis love Goa.
He added that it is for this reason that Israel Airlines (El Al) will be opening a direct flight from Tel Aviv to Panjim (Goa) very soon so that all the Israelis can come straight to the lovely beaches of Goa and enjoy them.
He hoped the tourist flow happened both ways.
In January this year, India-Israel relations got a fillip with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India. Multiple agreements were signed to boost cooperation.
“We invited them to make cinema in Israel. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions shot a part of their film ‘Drive’ on the beaches of Tel Aviv. We hope this will give a drive to other Indian cinema makers to come and shoot in our lovely country.”
Other known films are Academy Award candidates “Footnote” and “Waltz with Bashir” and internationally acclaimed “The Bubble”.
Newer films that will be screened are “Unorthodox”, “Red Cow”, “Working Woman”, “Longing”, “Redemption” and “Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema”.
Lastly, Mr Finkelstein reiterated the hope Bollywood megastar Mr Amitabh Bachchan expressed during Netanyahu’s visit: “May cinema further fortify the strength of ties between India and Israel.”>