Defence deal with Israel back on table


On the strong bond between the two leaders which was driving the current Indo-Israeli ties, Carmon had said that the relationship between India and Israel is an "all-weather friendship".

Cohen said Netanyahu would present one to Modi during his visit next week.

The state-run firm had spoken about its disappointment at New Delhi cancelling the contract but there was recognition that this contract was only a small part of the total defence cooperation budget. At the time, Indian media reported that India's Defence Research and Development Organisation planned to develop and produce its own anti-tank missile domestically.

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Last month, India supported the Egypt-sponsored vote in UN General Assembly that demanded the U.S. comply with Security Council decisions against changing the status of Jerusalem.

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will commence his six-day sojourn in India, six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's landmark visit to Israel. "And they will continue to be. sometimes it is India that comes to Israel with a request and sometimes it is Israel that comes to India with the request.We can not always fulfil those requests", Carmon said. In 2016, trade between Israel and India amounted to $4 billion.

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Mr Netanyahu and Mr Modi then travel to Gujarat, the Indian prime minister's home state, for a visit to Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram and an investment roadshow.

He will have a "power breakfast" with Indian business leaders, a business seminar, attend two memorial services for the victims of Mumbai terror attacks at the Taj Mahal hotel and Nariman House and finally a gala event with Bollywood actors, directors and producers. PM Modi's visit past year has helped diversify the bilateral relation.

Also, as part of the Modi government's effort to woo global manufacturers to set up units in the defence sector, the government has exempted them from excise and customs duties past year. "I think the relationship is much stronger than one vote in the United Nations", the envoy said. "Ultimately. we would like to see improved ties translate to support in global forums", he said, conceding that it "takes some time for improved relations to be expressed on the worldwide front".

Mr Modi also took the unusual step of not visiting Palestine during his trip - a side visit that has otherwise become the norm for leaders going to Israel.

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology would also be signing an agreement with ministry of science and technology. Last year, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd won almost $2 billion in contracts from India.