Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to arrive on six-day India trip

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an official welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv Israel

Earlier during the opening of the Knesset's (Israeli parliament) winter session last month, Netanyahu said, "In the past year, I have visited all continents besides Antarctica and in January, I will make a reciprocal visit to my dear good friend, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India". They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July past year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

Rafael, an Israeli state-owned Rafael weapons and defense maker, announced that India had canceled a 500 million US dollars worth purchase of its Spike anti-tank guided missile.

The Israeli leader has also grabbed every opportunity to emphasise on his "personal chemistry" with his Indian counterpart, including at the United Nations General Assembly in September where he shared the memories of Modi's three-day visit to Israel from July 4-6. It was decided that both Prime Ministers should exchange visits. He also said in the case of Justice Dalveer Bhandari at the International Court of Justice, Israel not only supported the Indian candidate but it adopted, with four more countries, along with India, Bhandari's candidature.

The Indian Ministry of Defense announced last week that it would buy 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel.

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On Tuesday, Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, would be travelling to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and return to Delhi to participate in the Raisina Dialogue. "We imagined the endless possibilities for Israel, India, for all humanity", he had said during his UNGA address.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday called for the "necessary respect" of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the French leader to change the landmark accord.

A business delegation will also join the trip "to enhance and strengthen economic ties and also create joint business opportunities between Israeli and Indian businesspeople", said the statement. He will also reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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