India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit during his upcoming trip to Israel next week the child of parents who were murdered in the 2008 terror attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai.
The visit will be part of Modi’s agenda during his three-day stay in what will be the first ever trip by any Indian prime minister to Israel as the two countries further consolidate what has blossomed into a cooperative relationship on numerous fronts, including agriculture, water and security.
In recent months, India and Israel have signed bilateral agreements amounting to billions of dollars.
In the attack, six people, including Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka—who ran the Jewish outreach center which also offered support to drug victims—were killed when four terrorists entered the premises and began spraying occupants with bullets.
Rivka was five months pregnant when her life was ended. However, the couples’ son Moshe, who was 2 years old at the time, survived the attack after his Indian nanny Sandra Samuel managed to remove him from the carnage and bloodletting.
Moshe, now 10 years old, was later sent to Israel where he was taken in and raised by his grandparents. Sandra, who was related to him, left her birthplace after the attack and also headed for Israel where she received an Israeli identity card. Since then, she has been assisting in Moshe’s treatment.
Modi’s meeting with Moshe will take place in the Tel Aviv Convention Center and will also be attended by his grandparents and Sandra.
The Indian premier, who has shown conspicuous support for forging relations with Jerusalem, will also be visiting Yad Vashem and cemetery in Haifa which serves as the burial site for Indian soldiers who fought for the British during World War II.
In addition, Modi will meet with President Reuven Rivlin and opposition leader Isaac Herzog. During his visit, he will put his signature to another series of cooperative agreements comprising a spanning across an array of fields.