In a touching gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, met Moshe Holtzberg, the 11-year-old Israeli boy who survived the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in 2008. The meeting was a special part of Modi’s three-day visit to Israel along with many other agreements, deals and treaties.
Moshe had come to meet Modi along with his grandfather. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also present at the meeting.
There were wonderful exchange of words as Modi asked if Moshe wants to visit India or Mumbai.
“You can visit India anytime. My government will give you and your family long term visa,” Modi was seen telling him.
A delighted Moshe, on the other hand, read from a paper and expressed his desire to visit Mumbai where he stayed with his parents when he was young. “Dear Mr Modi, I love you and your people in India,” he said in the end.
Moshe was among the only two survivors from the 26/11 Mumbai attacks when two Lashkar-E-Tayyeba terrorists attacked Nariman Chabad House in Colaba, Mumbai.
While the terrorists killed six people in the building – including Holtzberg’s parents – he was rescued by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel from imminent death.
The room where Holtzberg escaped death has been turned into a memorial of the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks. During his India visit in 2013, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had paid a visit to Chabad House where six people had fell to the bullets of terrorists.
He now lives in Afula, Israel, with his grandparents — Rabbi Shimon Rosenberg and Yehudit Rosenberg.
(Feature image source: Twitter| MEA India)