Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

India may revive missile megadeal with Israel

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Charlie Simmons | 13 January, 2018, 03:46

"That is why we are two countries, two members of the United Nations".

"The decision, while a blow to bilateral defense ties between Israel and India, is in line with Modi's 'Make In India" strategy to draw in more foreign investment and encourage manufacturers to do business in the world's fastest growing major economy.

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon on Friday down played India's stand at the UN General Assembly over the USA decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in place of Tel Aviv, saying New Delhi's view "cannot influence" Indo-Israel ties.

India had cancelled missile deal, Israel sparks new hope.

Israel's Saare Tzedek hospital would be signing an agreement with India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well.

Apart from the events in Delhi, the visiting Prime Minister will travel to Gujarat, where he will visit the Centre for Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Centre of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

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Also in PM Netanyahu's delegation will be the head of the Rafael Advanced Defence Systems that lost out on $500-million deal to purchase Spike anti-tank guided missiles. Now, it is learnt that the government is considering buying the missiles through government-to-government route.

Also, as part of the Modi government's effort to woo global manufacturers to set up units in the defence sector, the government has exempted them from excise and customs duties past year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the budget, voicing confidence that the current government will govern until the end of its term.

"Israel not only supported the Indian candidate, Israel with four more countries adopted this candidate as its own", Carmon said.

"Since we talk about democracies, similar values, similar challenges..., the relationship is so strong between both the countries that our feeling is (that) nothing can reverse it", he said.

"It does not nullify the fact that with India, with other countries in Latin America and Africa there is a tremendous increase of relations on all fronts", the Israeli Prime Minister noted. It is reported that he will be accompanied by the relatives of the Jewish priest who was killed along with his wife in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai.

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