PM Modi will break protocol to receive Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, at the airport on Sunday afternoon, beginning a prime ministerial visit from Israel 15 years since Ariel Sharon came here in 2003. Over time, he continued, he is expecting a change in India's voting on issues relating to Israel at global forums. Meanwhile, Israel on Friday also indicated it was disappointed with the recent move of the Indian Government to vote in favour of a United Nations resolution opposing the decision of the U.S. to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's Capital but said ties were too strong to be affected by one decision. The strategic and defence components have been a strong part of India-Israel relations for some time. Answering a question from an Indian journalist, Netanyahu said, "We would have preferred another vote, to be frank".
The Indian Army and the government are discussing ways to revive a $500 million order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defense contractor Rafael, according to military chief Bipin Rawat. "My visit to India is the other one", Netanyahu said on Wednesday.More news: Seahawks to play road game in London against Raiders
India will purchase Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel after initially canceling a $525 million missile deal with an Israeli firm past year. Prime Minister Moody is also slated to accompany Prime Minister Netanyahu in large parts during the visit.
The visit begins in New Delhi where Mr Netanyahu will have dinner with PM Modi and meet Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. In Gujarat, the two Prime Ministers will visit the Center of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Center of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference. Netanyahu is going to spend a day in PM Modi's home state on 17 January. The visit comes merely six months after PM Modi visited the Jewish state, becoming the first Indian premier to do so. Both PMs are expected to lead a road show as well in Ahmadabad.More news: Lost in space? Secret SpaceX Zuma satellite a total loss
Last week, the Israeli firm said it received an official notification from Indias Ministry of Defence about cancellation of the deal.
On Thursday, Netanyahu will have a power Breakfast with Indian CEOs and attend a business seminar.More news: How Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Lost $4 Billion with One Post
This will be followed by Netanyahu's engagement with Bollywood at an event titled Shalom Bollywood, at which he will meet personalities from Indian cinema and plead with them to shoot their films in Israel. The government is pulling strings to ensure presence of top producers and directors of Bollywood. 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.
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