Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Netanyahu-Putin meeting date to be agreed on soon - Israeli embassy

Netanyahu-Putin meeting date to be agreed on soon - Israeli embassy

Talking about the ever-growing relationship between India and Israel, Israel Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon.

Last month, India supported the Egypt-sponsored vote in UN General Assembly that demanded the USA comply with Security Council decisions against changing the status of Jerusalem. Despite the cancellation of the missile deal, the Ministry of Defence said this month it had cleared a plan worth $72 million to buy 131 Barak surface-to-air missiles built by Rafael.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will embark on a six-day visit to India, starting from January 14.

Since 1996, Netanyahu visited Russian Federation 12 times in his capacity as prime minister.

But Modi has said he wants to end India's status as the world's number one defense importer and to have 70 per cent of hardware manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade. He said Tel Aviv attaches a lot of importance to the votes in the United Nations, and that these have always been on the joint agenda between India and Israel. The two countries share concerns relating to extremism and violence, but beyond that their priorities differ.

The first stop for PM Modi and Netanyahu will be at the Teen Murti monument where the two leaders will lay a wreath at the monument, commemorating the role of three Indian regiments who fought at the battle of Haifa over a century ago, and today, is an occasion to celebrate the closeness between the two countries. The visit is being seen as extremely significant as the two countries, are celebrating 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties.

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India had cancelled missile deal, Israel sparks new hope. Hence, there is no way India can countenance Israel's unilateral actions in the occupied territories without seriously compromising its own claims. In 2014, Modi met Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UNGA, first such meeting in over a decade.

Indian wages and fabrication costs are also lower, which could make it attractive to some of its biggest arms makers such as Rafael, IAI and Elbit Systems to shift part of their manufacturing to India. In 2017, India voted in favour of an Arab-sponsored resolution against the U.S. government's move to shift its embassy to Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will once again host a foreign dignitary in the city of Ahmedabad next week, this time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2016, trade between Israel and India amounted to $4 billion.

26-year-old Yair Netanyahu came under fire last week after Israeli media made the recording public. PM Modi's visit past year has helped diversify the bilateral relation.

Israel is also assisting India with post-harvest management techniques in agriculture and launching of a national campaign for conservation of water. The PM Modi-Netanyahu bromance was seen to be carefully choreographed, complete with shots of bear hugs and them walking barefoot together through the Mediterranean surf. The Indian market is more important for Israel since the USA stopped Israel from selling high technology defence products to China.

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