Netanyahu to hold roadshow with Modi in Ahmedabad

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The 193-member U.N. General Assembly agreed to hold a rare emergency special session on December 22, at the request of Arab and Muslim countries, to vote on a draft resolution, demanding the USA reverse its decision.

Describing the backdrop of votes at the United Nations as "dynamic" and the United Nations itself as "a vibrant theatre where many things are happening", Carmon said "If the question is, will it influence the relationship, I don't think it can influence the relationship".

"Our relationship is richer and wider in terms of collaboration and complementarity".

But Israel and India have been at pains to emphasise that these events will not alter the bilateral relationship. "We can not always fulfil those requests". India is Israel's 10th-largest trade partner worldwide and its second-largest trade partner in Asia.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will embark on a six-day visit to India, starting from January 14.

On the same day (January 12) Army chief Bipin Rawat said the government and the Indian Army are discussing ways to revive the $500 million order to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel's state-owned defence contractor Rafael.

Since 1996, Netanyahu visited Russian Federation 12 times in his capacity as prime minister.

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Kabir Taneja, an associate fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), a New Delhi-based think tank, pointed out that Mr Netanyahu's five-day trip was "a long time for any state visit".

India had cancelled missile deal, Israel sparks new hope. The agreements and MoUs, sources said, will reflect a "people connect" emphasised by Israel ambassador Daniel Carmon, covering agriculture, innovation, water management etc.

A media highlight of that visit was a barefoot stroll though the surf together at an Israeli beach, where Modi got a demonstration of a mobile water desalination unit mounted on a dune buggy.

Israel on Friday said that any problems in the earlier-proposed Spike anti-tank missile deal with India can be solved, thereby indicating that the deal may still be alive. In Mumbai, Netanyahu will meet with Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community.

"On this visit, I intend to strengthen the relations between the two countries even more", Netnayahu said in a statement released by the Prime Minister's office.

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. 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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