Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

India Considers Israeli Spike Missiles Deal Through G-to-G Route

India Considers Israeli Spike Missiles Deal Through G-to-G Route

India had initially sealed the deal to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, with reports at the time saying India was set to purchase 8,000 Spike missiles and 300 launchers in a deal worth some $500 million.

"If there is a problem, it can, it should and it will be solved", said Daniel Carmon, Israel's ambassador to India referring to the cancellation of the defence deal.

India will purchase Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel after initially canceling a $525 million missile deal with an Israeli firm past year.

Announcement of $500 million India-Israel missile deal comes just days ahead of Netanyahu's trip to India, where focus will be on boosting trade ties between the two countries.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to visit India next week and ways to further deepen the already close defence ties between the two countries may figure during his talks with Indian leaders here.

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Israel has become a major defense supplier to India, selling an average of $1 billion of military equipment each year.

Rafael said that it "regrets the decision" but will continue to cooperate as part of the Prime Minister's delegation to India this month. As well as New Delhi, they will also visit India's financial capital Mumbai and Modi's home-state of Gujarat. Over 150 corporate leaders will be accompanying the prime minister on the trip.

During the annual press conference with foreign press, Netanyahu said, "The Palestinian president [Mahmoud Abbas] is the one who is obstructing the peace process, as he is refusing to return to the negotiation table". As many as 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution, while nine voted against and 35 abstained.

Carmon, however, maintained that there was a lot of importance in the votes in the United Nations and said that these have always been on the joint agenda between India and Israel.

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