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India and Israel look past defence to broaden commercial ties

Narendra Modi (L) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R) will meet tomorrow

By: Sarwar Alam

In the months leading up to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel, India signed two arms deals, spending $2.6 billion on Israeli missile defense systems. Yet since Modi arrived in Israel on Tuesday (4), military ties — for decades the secretive bedrock of India-Israel relations — have taken a back seat. The governments have instead spent time discussing companies that sell medical devices, hi-tech and water systems. Rather than making the visit, the first by a sitting Indian prime minister, all about the value of deals signed, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Modi appear intent on…

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