Diplomacyindia.com


Modi meets little Moshe, says he can stay, visit India as he likes

July 06
07:29 2017

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting Moshe Holtzberg, the now 11-year-old survivor of the 26/11 attacks, in Jerusalem, Israel on July 05, 2017. The Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu is also seen.

Jerusalem, July 5 (IANS) Moshe Holtzberg, the boy whose Jewish parents were killed during the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said he would be granted a long-term visa to stay and visit in India as he liked.

Moshe’s parents – Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg – were killed during the attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai in the 26/11 terror attacks. Moshe was two years old when the attack happened.

The boy, now about 11 years old, read out a written note as he met the visiting Indian Prime Minister, and conveyed his best wishes to Modi for remaining the Prime Minister of India for many years – in Hindi.

“I would like to wish you: Hamara aashirwad apke sath hai aap Pradhan Mantri rahenge salon tak (our blessings are with you, you will be the Prime Minister for many years),” Moshe said.

Moshe said he wanted to visit Mumbai.

“My parents lived in Mumbai, with Jewish and non-Jewish. Their house was open to everyone. I now live in Israel with my grandparents.

“I hope I will be able to visit Mumbai, and when I get older, I will live there. I will be the director of our Chabad House,” he said.

Moshe was miraculously saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuels during the attack on the Chabad House.

“I was saved by my very special nanny Sandra,” Moshe said.

He also said he loves to play, and tries to be a good student.

“I will ask something from all my heart… Please continue to love me forever. Always remember my parents. I grew up in Mumbai, I will be happy to visit Mumbai. When I get older I will live there,” he said as Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flanked him on either side.

Both leaders could be seen smiling as the boy read out his note, and Netanyahu said he can travel to India with him.

“Prime Minister Modi invited me to India, you will come with me,” Netanyahu said.

Modi then asked the boy if he would like to come and stay in India, in Mumbai.

“Yes,” replied Moshe.

“You are most welcome… You and your family members will get a long term visa from my government. Anytime you can come, anywhere you can go,” Modi said, patting the boy’s shoulders and touching his cheeks.

Moshe also gifted Modi a collage of photos of him with his parents, which had a message: “The Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi, souvenir from your visit to Jerusalem in 2017. With great appreciation and admiration.”

Tags
Share

Related Articles

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published.
Required fields are marked *

Exclusive Interview to Diplomacyindia.com with Shri Upendra Tripathi, IAS Interim DG, International Solar Alliance (ISA) speaking on the journey of ISA so far, guiding principles, vision & priority areas & programmes for ISA.

Exclusive Interview to Diplomacyindia.com with Shri Upendra Tripathi, IAS Interim DG, International Solar Alliance (ISA) speaking on expanding rank of international solar alliance & opening the membership to the countries beyond tropics.

Diplomacyindia.com Exclusive Interview with Ambassador of Slovenia to India, H.E. Mr. Jozef Drofenik speaking on Bilateral Relations and Trade between India and Slovenia

Diplomacyindia.com Exclusive Interview with Ambassador of Slovenia to India, H. E. Mr. Jozef Drofenik speaking on Tourism in Slovenia

Pictures of Formal Launch of Website Diplomacyindia.com

Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister of Guyana, H.E. Mr. Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo during his recent visit to India.Highlights of the interview were Indian Cultural Connect, Vibrant Bilateral Ties and Cultural Connect and India’s Economic Prowess.

Video Message from Shri Prakash Javadekar, MoS (IC) for Forest, Environment & Climate Change on eve of Formal Launch of Website Diplomacyindia.com

Message from Gen. V K Singh, (Retd.) Hon’ble MoS, External Affairs to Diplomacyindia.com