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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi visit the water desalination plant at Olga beach, on July 06, 2017.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly congratulated India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for his landslide victory at the polls, winning a re-election over the world’s “largest democracy.”

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The two men are warm friends, as was seen in their mutual state visits to each other’s countries in 2017 and 2018.

Modi’s dramatic victory put his Hindu nationalist party on track to increase its majority for business-friendly policies and a continued firm stance on national security.

“Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India,” Modi said on Twitter. “India wins yet again!”

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party was seen to be ahead in 300 of the 542 contested seats in the election – an increase from the 282 seats the party won in 2014 – and a clear majority of more than the 272 needed to overtake the Lower House of Parliament, according to official data from India’s Election Commission, Reuters reported.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.