PM Modi will break protocol, to receive Netanyahu at airport

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The visit come months after PM Modi's trip to Israel in July previous year - a first by an Indian Prime Minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties only in 1992 even as India had recognized the Jewish state soon after it was founded.

In July a year ago, Modi visited Israel as the first Indian Prime Minister since the establishment of bilateral ties in 1992. Netanyahu had received PM Modi at the airport then.

Netanyahu is also likely to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra and will be in Mumbai for a business meet before he flies home next Friday.

However, Rafael also said that India has canceled a separate $ 500 million deal for the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles. "The visit will focus on the progress made between India and Israel since Prime Minister Modi's visit to Israel last summer, and on shaping the next 25 years of relations between our countries and our peoples".

The French presidency added that Macron and Netanyahu "also referred to the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the continuity of their exchanges of December 10". He also said in the case of Justice Dalveer Bhandari at the International Court of Justice, Israel not only supported the Indian candidate but it adopted, with four more countries, along with India, Bhandari's candidature.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had told reporters that Netanyahu will hold a roadshow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on Jan 17.

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"The Prime Minister will address the full range of issues that make up relations between Israel and India: water, agriculture, energy, culture, innovation and defense", he said.

Daniel Carmon, the Israeli ambassador to India, said that the Israeli-India ties would withstand any troubles.

India last month had joined 127 other countries to vote in the United Nations General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In his conversation with Macron, the Israeli premier said that "Trump's remarks should be taken seriously, and whoever wants to keep the nuclear deal would be wise to fix it", a statement from Netanyahu's office read.

The envoy also said that sometimes India comes with a request (at the UN) and sometimes Israel does. "The relationship is much stronger than the one vote here and there", Carmon said, but maintained that it was "not a happy" situation when members of the global community did not vote in favour on the issue at the UN.

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