India Reactivates $525 Million Missile Deal With Israel Ahead of Netanyahu Visit

India Reactivates $525 Million Missile Deal With Israel Ahead of Netanyahu Visit

This is the first prime ministerial visit from Israel to India since the visit of then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Thus, it seems that the three issues that are central to the final Israel-Palestine settlement, i.e., emergence of a viable and sovereign Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital and the right of return of refugees, are being superseded by the deliberate creation of new realities in the occupied territories.

The high-value orders include a $1.6-billion deal to buy Barak 8 air defence systems sealed previous year during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel.

The Barak missiles made by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems are to be used for India's first aircraft carrier which is under construction.

Asked whether the purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from Israel through the government-to-government (G- to-G) route will be discussed during Netanyahu's visit, Bhaskar had refused to give a direct reply.

But PM Modi has said he wants to end India's status as the world's number one defence importer and to have 70 percent of hardware manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade.

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The visiting dignitary will be accompanied by a delegation of 130 Israeli business leaders.

Cohen declined to answer questions on the subject in his briefing to journalists in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

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". Israel sells nearly $1bn in defence hardware to India every year and is one of the country's top four arms suppliers. In April previous year the two countries signed a military deal worth almost $2 billion, which includes the supply of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology.

Netanyahu will spend a day in Ahmedabad, a sort of personal day out with PM Narendra Modi, including a visit to Gandhi Ashram.

"The visit will include New Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai", it said.

"Prime Minister of India Moody is a close friend of Israel and mine and I appreciate the fact that he personally accompanies me in large parts of the visit, " Netanyahu added.

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"You can imagine the effect that would have on our tourism, on Israel's exposure".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reaching New Delhi for Sunday on a six-day trip. Meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu are also scheduled for Monday.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu will visit the Taj Mahal and then attend India's annual "Raisina Dialogue" geo-political conference.

The same can be expected of Netanyahu's reciprocal visit this week to India, with an itinerary that will be packed with political consultations and business-development meetings, one worldwide conference, and numerous ceremonies, cultural events, and site visits.

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