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Israel’s Bennett hopes to outdo Netanyahu in relations with India

Stepping into the shoes of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett makes efforts at strengthening the bilateral economic ties and the security alliance Israel has forged with India.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the COP 26 Climate Conference in Glasgow.

As Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tries to fill the enormous shoes of his predecessor, he will be measured against Benjamin Netanyahu's major foreign accomplishments. On the diplomatic front, the ex-prime minister negotiated and signed the Abraham Accords with four Muslim states. On the economic side, he improved economic relations with numerous countries and markets, raising Israel’s ranking among the developed nations by every economic metric.

In particular, Israel's trade grew significantly over the last few years with India. This can be attributed to the cordial relations between Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was elected in 2014. When Modi visited Israel in 2017, he and Netanyahu were photographed together walking barefoot on the beach. More importantly, they reached multiple agreements between their two countries, many of which were signed formally the following year, when Netanyahu visited India — including the revival of a $500 million deal to sell Israeli missiles to India. 

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