Ties with India intact, says Israeli Ambassador

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More significantly, earlier this month India voted for the United Nations resolution that criticised USA president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"This is a very very special relationship... We can not always fulfil those requests", he said.

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 made a decision to cancel a deal to procure the weapons from an Israeli firm. "India's stance on Palestine is not new, and Israel is well aware of it". He hinted that New Delhi was reconsidering buying the missiles through government to government route. "I think the relationship is much stronger than one vote in the United Nations", the envoy said. It [the issue of India's negative vote at the UN General Assembly] is being talked about through diplomatic channels between our countries.

"There is a lot of importance to votes at the UN", Carmon said. "Sometimes, it is India that comes to Israel with a request and sometimes Israel comes to India with a request", he said.

Israel and India also differ on China: Israel has welcomed the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative sponsored by China and is eager to participate in the development of networks in the region.

Several MoUs, including in the field of oil and gas, renewable energy, an amended protocol for airports, cybersecurity, co-production of films and documentaries will be signed between the two sides.

According to an Israeli embassy statement, Mr Netanyahu will arrive in New Delhi on Jan 14 and depart from Mumbai on Jan 19. In the capital, Mr Netanyahu will pay a visit to the presidential palace, preside over a meeting of Indian and Israeli businessmen and inaugurate the Raisina Dialogue, a three-day foreign policy forum convened by ORF. This will be followed by business summits and a call-on with President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. On Tuesday, Netanyahu and his wife will fly to Agra for a visit to the Taj Mahal. PM Modi will host Netanyahu for dinner on Sunday night.

The timing of the visit offers both leaders much-needed opportunity to restore the diminished trust and re-calibrate their bilateral ties.

Israel has become a major defence supplier to India, a strong security partner, a collaborator in the high-value diamond trade, and a provider of frontier technologies in agriculture, water, cybersecurity and innovation.

During his terms in office as prime minister - in 1996-1999 and from 2009 till now - Netanyahu has visited Russian Federation 12 times. PM Modi's visit previous year has helped diversify the bilateral relation.