India and Israel look past defence to broaden commercial ties Narendra Modi (L) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R) will meet tomorrow
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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