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One vote can't change dynamics of our relations: Netanyahu on India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Just one negative vote at UN cannot change the dynamics of Indian-Israeli relations between and Israel, visiting Israeli said here on Sunday, terming relations with as "marriage made in heaven".

"I don't think one vote affects a general trend you can see in many other votes and everything and these visits," said when asked to comment on India's vote at UN against US decision to recognise as Israel's capital, in an interview on Today TV channel.

"Yes, naturally we were disappointed, but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts, be it political, technological, tourism, security and so many other areas. Ultimately you see it reflected in all UN votes, not just now but soon," he added.

In December last year, voted in favour of a resolution brought by and in the UN opposing the United States' decision recognising as the capital of The resolution was approved with 127-9 at the

"First of all there is a special relationship between the two countries, between their people and then between the leaders. The partnership between and is a marriage made in heaven but consecrated on earth," said, adding he respects his Indian counterpart "as a great leader" because he is "impatient to bring future to his people".

On cooperation in counter-terrorism, he said that intelligence is the key.

"And has on the whole superb intelligence. I would say none is better. And we share with you our intelligence and have stopped over the last few years some 30 major terror attacks, which we shared vis-a-vis not alone but with dozens of countries.

"protects lives of so many people. When you board a plane you want to know that plane won't be blown up mid air. It will take off and land safely. When that happens, usually has something to do with it, not on every flight but on many flights," he said.

Asked if he approves India's terror strikes launched across the border with Pakistan, he said that makes its own choices and "you fight terrorism by fighting it".

As the interviewer persisted, a smiling said: "Well, I am trying to be a I am trying to be a diplomat, because I hold two portfolios -- the and the at the same time."

Asked if can use his good offices with to persuade it to not veto a resolution against Hafiz Saeed, said: "I think these things are best discussed not on television, especially if you want to make progress."

However, he also said: "But our defence relationship is quite significant and comprises many things. I think the key word here is defence. We want to defend ourselves, we are not aggressive nations. We are very committed to making sure that none can commit an aggression against the either one of us."

On the bilateral trade relations, the Israeli said that "there is a whole world that is erupting, exploding".

Advocating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with to boost and deepen bilateral economic relations, he said: "is changing so rapidly. We are creating industries. We have just created a in just last five years. We have 500 start-ups dealing with automation of car.

"And there are other areas like water, agriculture, energy, health, transportsation. There is a whole world that is erupting, exploding. Future belongs to those who innovate... is an innovation nation. has innovations. In Silicon Valley there are two dialects you hear -- Hindi and Hebrew and only a little English."

He said that when he visited the iconic Teen Murti war memorial at Haifa circle, he felt "an expression of gratitude" because it was Indian soldiers who fell down while defending the city of Haifa (now in Israel) during WW-I.

"It's closing of a circle 100 years later," he said.

In a sign of growing importance to the ties with Israel, the on Sunday renamed Delhi's Teen Murti Chowk as Teen Murti-after the Israeli city.

is on a six-day visit to India, the first Israeli to visit after 2003 when came. Setting aside protocol, Modi went to personally receive



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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 22:06 IST