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Syria: Israel Jets, Missiles Strike Likely Hezbollah Targets Near Damascus

"Vote at United Nations is important, but it will not mar the big picture of the India-Israel relationship", Carmon said on India's vote in United Nations on draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

"I think everybody can see that".

"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. "Sometimes, countries can not agree to each other's requests".

Israel then fired rockets from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but the Syrian defenses brought them down, the army said, adding that Israeli jets fired a final barrage of four rockets from inside Israel, one of which was intercepted by Syrian air defenses while the others caused material damage.

"We can not always fulfil those requests".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July previous year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.




Last month, India joined the overwhelming Assembly majority to vote for the resolution that demanded that the USA comply with Security Council decisions against changing the status of Jerusalem.

During his stay, he will also visit Gujarat and Mumbai. Last month after much deliberations, the defence ministry withdraw the Request for Proposals (RFP) for 8,000 Israeli spike missiles, a deal that would have been worth $500 million, after DRDO developed the indigenous Nag ATGM with seeker software and said it was against any TOT from Rafael Advanced Systems, the Israeli company that makes the Spike missile.

In November, the defence ministry had made a decision to retract the process to acquire a batch of Spike missiles from Israeli firm Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

However, Delhi is now examining whether to purchase the weapons missiles through a government-to-government deal, the Press Trust India news agency reported, quoting unnamed official sources.

Last April, the two countries signed a military deal worth almost $2 billion which includes the supply over several years of medium-range surface-to-air missiles, launchers and communications technology.

Touching upon the trade and business aspects of Netanyahu's visit, Carmon said a 130-strong delegation of businessmen involved in technologies related to agriculture, water, cyber, defence industries, food processing, will accompany the Israeli leader.