Israel's Netanyahu eyes trade, defence ties on India trip

World       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

World by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

Israel on Friday said India's vote against it in the United Nations on Jerusalem issue can not be brushed aside but this episode will not impact the bilateral relations and stop both the countries achieve newer heights in ties.

Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

Last month, India joined the overwhelming Assembly majority to vote for the resolution that demanded that the USA comply with Security Council decisions against changing the status of Jerusalem. "Sometimes, countries can not agree to each other's requests".

"We can not always fulfil those requests".

Ahead of the visit, Netanyahu had said, "Well I would have preferred a different vote to be frank, but I don't think it materially changes the tremendous flowering of relations between India and Israel".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi visit the water desalination plant at Olga beach on July 6, 2017.

While the Israelis were upset as the withdrawal of RFP came nearly on the eve of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to New Delhi on January 14, South Block officials said they have no objections to the Indian Army purchasing the long range (not line of sight) ATGM from Israel through the G to G route.

During his stay, he will also visit Gujarat and Mumbai.

On January 2, a spokesperson for Rafael Advanced Defense Systems confirmed that the company had received official notice from the Indian government that the deal for Spike anti-tank missiles had been nixed, expressing disappointment over the move.

Israel's state-owned defense contractor Rafael announced on January 3 that India had canceled a $500 million order to buy its Spike anti-tank guided missiles.

He said the Indian prime minister will host Netanyahu in his home state and termed it as an "important gesture".

"Since we talk about democracies, similar values, similar challenges., the relationship is so strong between both the countries that our feeling is (that) nothing can reverse it", he said.

The Ambassador mentioned Israel's support to the Indian candidate for the International Court of Justice, Judge Dalveer Bhandari, last year.

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