Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets baby Moshe at Nariman house in Mumbai

Lester Mason
January 18, 2018

Ten years after terrorists killed close to 170 people and injured hundreds more in a series of attacks throughout the city of Mumbai, Moshe Holtzberg-the only child of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gavriel and Rivkah Holtzberg, who were murdered in their Chabad House-was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to unveil the plans for a state-of-the-art Living Memorial at Chabad (Nariman) House, to commemorate the victims of the 2007 attacks, reported Thursday.

Mumbai's Chabad House, which lay soaked in blood during the 26/11 terror attack, is a unique symbol of love that fell victim to hatred towards the people of Israel, the country's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said today.

The Israeli prime minister said the place represents both hatred of Israel by terrorists and love - the center served as a place where Jews from the world over were welcomed.

CM Devendra Fadnavis meets Israeli PM Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon at the India-Israel Business Summit in Mumbai.

The bespectacled Moshe, now 11, also sporting the "Kippah" and a dark suit, had an emotional "reunion" meeting with the Israel Prime Minister, as his Indian saviour nanny Sandra Samuel and grandparents flanked them in a small room in the Chabad House, in Nariman House, Colaba.

He said the partnership between the two countries rests on shared values of love for humanity, democracy and freedom.

Ties between India and Israel had been improving since they established diplomatic relations 25 years ago, but the relationship has acquired new momentum since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel six months ago. I look forward to many more alliances between Maharashtra and Israel, says Fadnavis.

There are about 5,000 members of the Jewish community living in India and majority call Mumbai their home.

Netanyahu said the terrorists could not harm Moshe because of the love shown by his nanny.

Moshe was only two when terrorists killed his parents at Mumbai's Jewish house.

The Isreal PM Netanyahu had also met top leaders of India at power breakfast on Thursday morning in Mumbai. For them, the visit by the Israeli prime minister was about reconnecting with old friends and strengthening old bonds.

This is the first-ever visit by any high ranking Israeli dignitary to Chabad House, which reopened in 2014, and is likely to be partly converted into a Living Memorial. I was particularly impressed with a 14-year-old boy. Meanwhile, some Muslim activists held a protest march against Netanyahu's visit in Byculla area of south Mumbai. "He produces drone which goes up the sky and identifies landmines, it'll save lives", Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu later met members of the Jewish community at the Taj hotel. Police prevented them from reaching the venue of events the Israeli premier was to attend. He also met representatives of the Hindi film industry at 'Shalom Bollywood' event. The Israeli leader is scheduled to fly back home early tomorrow, an official said.

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