Days after cancelling missile deal with Israel, Govt mulls to revive pact

14 January, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • India considering purchase of Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel

Netanyahu told the journalists that Israel has been deepening ties with countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

During his terms in office as prime minister - in 1996-1999 and from 2009 till now - Netanyahu has visited Russian Federation 12 times.

Events since then seemed as if they might rock the relationship somewhat. Around one-third of Israel's defence production is bought by India.

Last month, India raised many eyebrows at home when it voted for an Arab resolution criticising Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Mr Modi also plans to visit Palestine in February, following a trip to the UAE. In February 2014, India and Israel signed three important agreements on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Cooperation in Homeland Security, and Protection of Classified Material.

"I don't think it can influence the relationship. So the optics are strong from the get-go". The Israeli PM will call on President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day.


Besides holding official level talks in New Delhi on Monday, Israeli PM will travel to Gujarat and Mumbai.

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. Defence infrastructure plays a large part in this. At present, Israel is a major defence supplier to India exporting an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year. At the time, Indian media reported that India's Defence Research and Development Organisation planned to develop and produce its own anti-tank missile domestically.

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. "The relationship is much stronger than the one vote here and there", Carmon had said but had maintained that it was "not a happy" situation when members of the worldwide community did not vote in favour on the issue at the UN.

Carmon, on his part, said that the Spike project is an example of Israel engaging in the Make in India programme. "Both Netanyahu and Modi have common political and ideological backgrounds, with nationalism leading the narratives from a Hindu point of view for Modi and Zionist point of view for Netanyahu". His visit to Israel in July, noted for the fact that it did not include a stop in Ramallah, was an announcement to the world that India's interests in the region, specifically its strategic and economic interests with Israel, are separate from, and unmediated by, India's traditional support for an independent Palestinian state and its relations with the Arab world.

Let it be known that India voted against Israel during a session of United Nations in December, however, Modi's counterpart seems to be giving two hoots to the move.

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