Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel is being hailed as a historic event in India-Israel ties, with the visit being the first by an Indian prime minister to Israel. While the Prime Minister will be looking to strengthen relations with Israel, he will also be making a very important stop during his visit.
PM Modi’s itinerary includes a meeting with Moshe Holtzberg, the now 10-year-old survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Moshe was 2-years-old when his parents were killed along with six others at the Nariman House, also known as Chabad House, by LeT terrorists. Young Moshe was saved by his Indian nanny Sandra Samuels. Moshe’s parents, Rivka and Gavriel Holtzberg were working as emissaries of Chabad in Mumbai.
Almost nine years after the tragic event, Moshe now lives with his grandparents in Tel Aviv and is visited regularly by Sandra, who was made an honorary citizen of Israel for her bravery. Moshe’s grandparents told media that the Prime Minister’s visit shows that India had not forgotten them and the Indian shared their pain. Moshe now lives a quite, normal childhood and hopes to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Chabad emissary.