Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday paid homage to fallen Indian soldiers of World War I at the Haifa Cemetery.
The Battle of Haifa in 1918 is considered to be the last major cavalry campaign in military history where both Prime Ministers laid wreath on the two grave areas – one is for the Hindu soldiers and one for Muslim soldiers.
In a highly sombre atmosphere, Modi and Netanyahu also jointly unveiled a plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh, who led the Jodhpur Lancers.
They laid flowers on the soldiers’ memorial and unveiled a plaque in memory of the Indian soldiers who fell in the battle to liberate Haifa. pic.twitter.com/imWLVJkwAl
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) July 6, 2017
“Hailing the hero of Haifa. The leaders unveil plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh whose bravery in this battle is folklore,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, on Wednesday addressed the Indian Diaspora in Israel on the second day of his historic visit, asserting that their 70-year-old relationship is dependable, free and strong.
“In 70 years, for the first time, the visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Israel is in itself a moment of celebration and a moment of introspection too. We have met after a long time. It may have been only 25 years since we established diplomatic relations, but our ties go back hundreds of years. Our ties are a sign of our friendship and dependability. Our festivals have similarities. Last night we were chatting late after dinner. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave me a photograph of Indian soldiers from World War II who helped free Jerusalem,” Prime Minister Modi told the Indian community at Tel Aviv Convention Centre.