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India and Israel relations: All you need to know about it
Below are the important facts about India-Israel
- India recognized Israel in 1950 but soon after voted against it in the UN
- Diplomatic ties between India and Israel were established by Narasimha Rao's government in 1991, though there had been some unofficial contacts earlier.
- Israel opened an embassy in New Delhi in February 1992 and in May in the same year India opened an embassy in Tel Aviv.
- Israeli President Ezer Weizman led a 24-member delegation of Israeli business people to India in December 1996.
- Jyoti Basu, the communist chief minister of West Bengal, broke ground when he visited Israel.
- Ariel Sharon was the first Israeli PM to visit India in 2003, but there have been no high-level visits from India since.
- A series of cooperative agreements in various fields including the environment, health, education and drug trafficking were signed during Sharon's visit.
- The November 2008 Mumbai attacks were tragedy for both nations. At least six people were killed after heavily armed militants stormed the Chabad house during the attacks on the city.
- As of July 2013, India-Israel trade had risen to approximately $6 billion a year, far surpassing the the modest $200 million level it was at in 1992.
- In May 2013, Israel announced that it will help India diversify and raise the yeild of its fruit and vegetable crops by offering the country advanced technology and know-how.
- India-Israel witnessed dramatic rise in cooperation since May 2014 when Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance came to power.
- Between Modi's election in May 2014 and November 2014, Israel exported $662 million worth of Israeli weapons and defense items to India. This export number is greater than the total Israeli exports to India during the previous three years combined.