Conflicting reports about India's uncertain proposal to purchase Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel are also swirling in power corridors.
But Modi has said he wants to end India's status as the world's number one defense importer and to have 70 per cent of hardware manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade. Just a week ago, India had cancelled the deal with the Israeli Rafael Advance Defence Systems Ltd, after the company refused full transfer of technology as per the provisions of the "Make in India" initiative. At the time, Indian media reported that India's Defence Research and Development Organisation planned to develop and produce its own anti-tank missile domestically.
South Carolina's governor urged his state's Senate on Wednesday to pass legislation created to counter campus antisemitism in time for. More significantly, earlier this month India voted for the United Nations resolution that criticised USA president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "Of course we are not happy when some do not support us", said Mr. Carmon, reminding that Israel had recently supported India's candidate for the International Court of Justice, Judge Dalveer Bhandari.
Nonmilitary trade between the two countries reached $4.2b.in 2016, and Netanyahu's visit to India will focus on how to substantially increase that number. PM Modi's office had come up with the idea of a joint road show with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was in Gujarat last September for a function to formally start work on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.
Speaking to a gathering of foreign journalists on Wednesday evening, Netanyahu said he was disappointed that India voted in favor of the resolution at the UN General Assembly condemning the United States decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
But Israel and India have been at pains to emphasise that these events will not alter the bilateral relationship. PM Modi's visit a year ago has helped diversify the bilateral relation. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and centre. Israel is a major seller of weaponry to India, about $1 billion annually.
"Let's not forget that before Modi visited Israel previous year, he hosted Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in New Delhi as well", Mr Taneja said. Over 150 corporate leaders will be accompanying the prime minister on the trip.