Vote at United Nations not to influence India-Israel ties: Envoy

India says $500 million missile deal with Israel will move ahead

"The question is if it will influence our relationship or if it can influence the relationship", Carmon said in response to a question ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to India starting Sunday.

The Hindustan Times said the purchase would be conducted via the "government to government route", as the Indian Army is keen on acquiring the missile from Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense System and the country's Defense Research and Development Organization has no objection to the deal. Indian media said Delhi would instead opt for home-made anti-tank missiles.

India is Israel's biggest arms market, buying around $1 billion worth of weapons every year.

India will purchase Spike anti-tank missiles from Israel after initially canceling a $525 million missile deal with an Israeli firm past year. "That is why we are two countries, two members of the United Nations".

Netanyahu will be accompanied by a 130-member delegation drawn from the cyber and agriculture sectors as well as from defence.

The Israeli Prime Minister is also scheduled to call on Indian President Ramnath Kovind and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, following which he will visit Agra, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai.

Deals for gas and oil cooperation, cyber security and agricultural projects are on the agenda. On that trip Modi did not travel to the occupied West Bank to meet Palestinian leaders, as visiting leaders usually do. As many as 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution, while nine voted against and 35 abstained.

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".

The prime minister went on to say, "I don't think the vote materially changes the recent flowering of relations between Israel and India, and everybody can see that".

Before Modi visited Israel in July 2017 he hosted Abbas in India and offered help in health and information technology, but the trip was low-key.



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