With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arriving here on Sunday on a six-day visit, the defence deal to supply $500 million Spike anti-tank guided missiles is back on the table. Over time, he continued, he is expecting a change in India's voting on issues relating to Israel at global forums. The bilateral relations were being considered as at an all-time high before India voted in favor of the United Nations resolution condemning the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "We can not always fulfil those requests".
India is considering purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) from Israel through the government-to-government (G-to-G) route, months after it chose to cancel a deal to procure the weapons from an Israeli firm.
One of Mr Netanyahu's stops on the trip, the first by an Israeli premier since Ariel Sharon in 2003, will be in Mumbai where he will meet on January 18 with stars and executives of India's mammoth film industry.
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.
During PM Modi's visit to Israel in July, the prime minister had laid wreaths at the Indian war cemetery in Haifa and unveiled a plaque commemorating the memory of Major Dalpat Singh, who led the successful cavalry charge at the battle.
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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". Now, it is learnt that the government is considering buying the missiles through G- to-G route, as per PTI.
The minister will later visit Centre of Excellence, Vadrad. Reciprocating gesture, Modi is hosting Netanyahu in his home state Gujarat.
The timing of the visit offers both leaders much-needed opportunity to restore the diminished trust and re-calibrate their bilateral ties. Modi's visit was a very important milestone in that. "If there is a problem, it can be solved", the Israeli envoy said. In Mumbai, Netanyahu will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community.
He will also reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event. The event is significant as Israel is fighting a worldwide "cultural boycott". It was reported from Jerusalem that this relates to sharing of knowledge in the field of homoeopathy and ayurveda that have been gaining popularity in Israel over the last few years.