Netanyahu disappointed by ally Modi’s Jerusalem rejection
NEW DELHI – Agence France-Presse
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Jan. 15 he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant.
The Israeli leader arrived Jan. 14 at the head of the biggest business delegation he has taken on a foreign visit.
“Naturally I am disappointed but I think this visit is a testament to the fact that our relationship is moving forward on so many fronts,” Netanyahu said in the interview.
Ahead of the visit, India also cancelled a $500 million deal for Israeli Spike anti-tank missiles.
But Netanyahu was again optimistic on the missile deal.
“I hope that this visit can help resolve this issue because I think there is a reasonable chance we can reach an equitable solution,” he said.
Declaring that no details could be given until the end of his tour, Netanyahu added: “Our defense relationship is quite significant and it encompasses many things.
“I think the keyword is defense. We want to defend ourselves. We are not aggressive nations, but very committed to making sure that no one can commit aggression against us.”