Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a 3-day Visit to Israel from Tuesday July 04,2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a 3-day visit to Israel starting on Tuesday July 04,2017 on a special invitation from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit will be the first by an Indian prime minister since the two countries established diplomatic relations 25 years ago.
Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee had visited the country in 2015 while External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited it in 2016.
September 18, 1950: India recognised Israel
1956: Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett visits in the middle of the Suez crisis
1968: Visit by Ruth Dayan, wife of Defence Minister Moshe Dayan
1977: Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan visits India
1992: Diplomatic ties between India and Israel were formally established by the Narasimha Rao government
February 1992: Israel opened its embassy in New Delhi
May 1992: India opened its embassy in Tel Aviv
In 1996: India acquired from Israel, 32 IAI Searcher unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs
December 1997: Israeli President Ezer Weizman led a 24-member business delegation to India. Weizman was the first Israeli head of state to visit India. He finalised a weapons deal involving the purchase of the Barak-1 vertically-launched surface-to-air missiles
2000: Jaswant Singh became the first Indian foreign minister to visit Israel. India and Israel set up a joint anti-terror commission
2003: Ariel Sharon became the first Israeli PM to visit India
November 2016: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited India for six days
How has Israel helped India through the years?
India reportedly purchased arms and ammunition from Israel both after the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and the India-Pakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971. Israel was ready to sell the weapons to India amid embargoes in the UK, the US and France. India’s security agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Israel's spy agency Mossad have been tacitly collaborating since the 1960s.
India acquired drones, electronic support measure sensors, air combat manoeuvring instrumentation simulator system. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has worked on several large contracts with the Indian Air Force, including upgrading MiG-21 ground attack aircraft.
Trade has diversified into several sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, IT and telecom, and homeland security in recent years. The greatest success has been in the diamond industry which accounts for 50% of India-Israel non-defence trade. The bilateral trade between the two countries is pegged at around $4.5 billion.