India and Israel are two top targets for Islamic terror and have been through history. Theirs is an important alliance, and together they will do great things. This is a new era in the fight for freedom in the region. For decades, the Indian government has kept its distance from Israel, for fear of its large Muslim minority and its dependence on oil. But Indian Prime Minister Modi is a visionary, and under his courageous and historic leadership, the two sides have come together and embraced a closer relationship.
Prime Minister Netanyahu brought Moshe Holtzberg and the nanny who rescued him return with his delegation. One of the most brutal, mass Islamic attacks on Western and Jewish targets in India took place in Mumbai, India in 2008. 166 people were murdered, hundreds injured. The Jewish Chabad house was part of a larger attack on popular hotels and public buildings. Because they were so eager to see murdered Jews, the organizers of the attack had sought out the Chabad House with care, choosing it for slaughter over one year prior to the attack. Their attackers’ handlers would emphasize to the jihadis on the ground the importance of killing Jews. Moshe Holtzberg’s parents, the Rabbi and his wife were among the victims. His nanny saved him (and then later became his mom). They were tortured, sexually mutilated before their gruesome killings. Among those involved in the execution of the attack was an American Muslim in Chicago.
The chilling words of the Muslim Mumbai killers recorded during their murder spree: “Keep killing, keep killing, the dogs.’ “Insh’Allah” ‘The manner of your death will instill fear in the unbelievers. This is a battle between Islam and the unbelievers”
Prime Minister Modi understands the Islamic threat.
Netanyahu: Israel, India Both Face Threat From Radical Islam
VOA, January 17, 2017
NEW DELHI — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday he was discussing with India ways to strengthen security cooperation against the menace of from Islamist extremism that both democracies faced.
Netanyahu spoke while on a six-day tour of India, the first by an Israeli premier for 15 years, and is being feted by Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, whose Hindu nationalist party has long admired Israel for its tough posture against terrorism.
India, wary of upsetting Arab nations on which it was dependent for oil, and heeding the sentiments of its own large Muslim minority, kept a distance from Israel for decades. But under Modi, the two sides have embraced a closer relationship based on security and economics.
The right-wing Netanyahu told a security conference that India and Israel were two democracies with a natural affinity, but their open and liberal societies faced risks.
“Our way of life is being challenged, most notably, the quest for modernity, the quest for innovation [are] being challenged by radical Islam and its terrorist offshoots from a variety of corners,” he said.
Both Israel and India have long sought to counter militant Islamists — in Israel’s case, mainly from Gaza and Egypt’s Sinai region and, in India’s case, mainly from Pakistan. Away from the public eye, India and Israel have been cooperating against the threat through, in part, intelligence sharing, officials say.
“We’ve discussed in this visit how we can strengthen our two nations in the civilian areas, in security areas, in every area,” Netanyahu told the conference.
His trip to India comes just six months after Modi made the first trip by an Indian prime minister to Israel, during which he did not go to Ramallah, seat of the self-ruling Palestinian Authority and a customary stop for leaders visiting the region.
Netanyahu toured the Taj Mahal on Tuesday and will also visit Modi’s home state of Gujarat and India’s financial capital Mumbai.
He will join an 11-year-old Israeli boy, Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were murdered by Pakistan-based militants in Mumbai in 2008, for a memorial event at the Indian financial hub’s Jewish center where the attack took place.
The boy, who lives with his grandparents in Israel, arrived on Tuesday as a guest of Modi.
Moshe Holtzberg and the Nanny Who Rescued Him Return to Mumbai
First time back to scene of November 2008 terror attack
Moshe Holtzberg returned to Mumbai, India, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former nanny Sandra Samuel to unveil plans for a state-of-the-art Living Memorial at the city’s Chabad center, more commonly referred to as Nariman House, to commemorate all victims of the terror attacks that took place on Nov. 26, 2008.
This is Moshe Holtzberg’s first visit back to India and the Nariman House, scene of the brutal attack that left his parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, murdered, and from which he was rescued by the heroic Samuel.
The following are photos from their first day back in India in nearly 10 years.
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