Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Netanyahu to arrive on six-day visit to India

Netanyahu to arrive on six-day visit to India

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

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

"Our relationship is richer and wider in terms of collaboration and complementarity".

In 1950, India recognised Israel, but did not establish diplomatic relations. "We can not always fulfil those requests", he said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel last July in the first such trip by a holder of his office.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu "will visit the country along with 130 businessmen for trade talks", Indian broadcaster NDTV reported, quoting a senior Israeli official.

The Indian Army and the government are discussing ways to revive a $500 million order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defense contractor Rafael, according to military chief Bipin Rawat.

After his arrival, Netanyahu is likely to visit Teen Murti circle, where the "Haifa liberation day" is commemorated every year on September 23 - Teen Murti Marg is being renamed as Teen Murti Haifa Marg.

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that the country would be exploring new avenues of cooperation with Israel in the defense sector during the upcoming visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Just a week ago, India had cancelled the deal with the Israeli Rafael Advance Defence Systems Ltd, after the company refused full transfer of technology as per the provisions of the "Make in India" initiative.

Netanyahu will be visiting New Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

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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.

A case in point of Israel supporting India was when India wanted its candidate, justice Dalveer Bhandari, elected to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, Carmon said. Prime Minister Modi's visit was a very important milestone in that.

During the annual press conference with foreign press, Netanyahu said, "The Palestinian president [Mahmoud Abbas] is the one who is obstructing the peace process, as he is refusing to return to the negotiation table".

Again in 1971, Israel helped India during the India-Pakistan war.

26-year-old Yair Netanyahu came under fire last week after Israeli media made the recording public.

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