Modi to become first Indian PM to visit Israel

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40489746

Narendra Modi will become the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel when he arrives on Tuesday.

Mr Modi, who recently said India and the Jewish state share a “deep and centuries-old” connection, is expected to agree military and cyber security deals.

Observers note he will not travel to Ramallah or meet Palestinian leaders, as visiting dignitaries often do.

The visit is seen by some as a turning point on India’s position on Israel.

Here is what the focus will be on over the next three days:

For years, Israel and India have been working closely together on counter-terrorism and defence issues and India has been a regular customer of arms from the Jewish state.

Working to modernise its military to counter China and Pakistan, India is now Israel’s biggest arms market, thought to be worth about $1bn (£770,000) per year, according to Reuters news agency.

The co-operation ranges from a jointly built air defence system to India buying drones, radar, cyber security and communication systems.

Aside from defence deals, the two countries also want to expand cooperation in other areas, notably Israel helping India to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

India and Israel have had diplomatic relations for 25 years.

In the past however, the relationship has always been a balancing act given India’s sizeable Muslim population and the country’s dependence on oil imports from Arab countries and Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described Mr Modi’s visit as “historic”, saying it would “deepen co-operation in a wide range of fields – security, agriculture, water, energy – basically in almost every field Israel is involved in”.

Mr Modi will also be meeting an Israeli boy, Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were killed when gunmen stormed a Jewish centre in Mumbai during a 2008 terror attack.

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first ever eh?

“India and Israel have had diplomatic relations for 25 years.”

so what are they up to?

“deepen co-operation in a wide range of fields – security, agriculture, water, energy – basically in almost every field Israel is involved in”

“every field”..thats a wide market..

401

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~ by seeker401 on July 5, 2017.

6 Responses to “Modi to become first Indian PM to visit Israel”

  1. 2009: https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2009/05/25/israel-sells-military-deals-to-russia-and-india/

    They do have precedent relations, which at this point, it makes sense they would meet. Their military deals have been growing:

    2014: https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/israel-seals-a-144-million-barak-missile-deal-with-india-and-525-million-spikes-deal/


    China is Pakistan’s biggest arms dealer, and Israel’s biggest arms market is India.

  2. ostensibly, both seem the m00sleems as enemies.

    but in reality, modi is just a puppet of washington, and he’s being a good little boy.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/a-well-kept-open-secret-washington-is-behind-indias-brutal-demonetization-project/5566167

  3. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-indias-jewish-community-transformed-early-bollywood-n475396

    http://www.jcpa.org/dje/articles2/india.htm

  4. is the Country with more plp soon be-Nigeria

  5. India & Israel ink $4.3bn worth of deals, push for closer economic ties

    https://www.rt.com/business/395567-india-israel-trade-pacts/

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