JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present a special gift – the Gal-Mobile water desalinisation and purification jeep – to his friend Narendra Modi during his visit to India starting January 14, reported PTI quoting sources.
Back in June last year, Netanyahu and Modi had waded into the Mediterranean Sea and rode the “buggy” jeep on the coast during the latter’s maiden visit to Israel. Now Netanyahu is going to gift the same jeep to Modi, sources told PTI.
Visited the GAL-Mobile water desalination unit at Olga Beach. pic.twitter.com/FuirtlyLAG
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 6, 2017
As Netanyahu prepares for his four day visit to India, sources confirmed that the jeep has “indeed” left for India and “would be arriving on time” to be presented by the Israeli Prime Minister to Modi. The camaraderie between the two leaders was on full display as they took a stroll along the beach and had a long chat standing ankle deep in the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean.
אין כמו ללכת לים עם חברים!
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) July 6, 2017
“There’s nothing like going to the beach with friends!,” the Israeli leader had later tweeted. The two leaders later drove together in the mobile water desalination unit, which looked like a dune buggy, and sipped desalinated water from wine glasses, raising a toast with others present there.
Gal-Mobile is an independent, integrated water purification vehicle, designed to produce high-quality drinking water. It can be useful in natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, military use in difficult terrain and rural areas to provide drinkable water. It can purify up to 20,000 litres per day of sea water and 80,000 litres per day of brackish/muddy or contaminated river water and bring it to WHO standards.
The jeep is said to cost around 390,000 shekels (approximately $1,11,000). PM Modi and Netanyahu had witnessed the demonstration of sea water purification technology pioneered by Israel at a water desalination unit on the Olga Beach during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel.
“I am thankful to Bibi (Netanyahu) because the vehicle which I saw today, particularly during a natural calamity when people are suffering (shortage of) drinking water…Can provide drinking water,” Modi had said after the demonstration.