Three-year-old baby Moshe, who lost his parents, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka during the 26/11 terror attack at the Jewish Chabad House in Colaba, often remembers his parents and Mumbai, said Israeli minister of trade and labour, Benjamin Ben Eliezer on Wednesday.
“Moshe is in Israel in a town called Afula with the beautiful and good woman [nanny Sandra Samuel] who accompanied him and is helping his grandparents look after him. He hasn’t stopped speaking about his parents and Mumbai,” Eliezer said during his visit to the Chabad House on Wednesday.
Samuel, an Indian working for the Jewish couple, had rescued Moshe after terrorists took his parents and others hostage.
Eliezer is the first Israeli minister to visit the Chabad House since the November 2008 terror attacks.
Lighting candles in memory of the Holtzberg couple, Eliezer said that the couple’s resolve to spread happiness was opposite to that of the terrorists.
“Terrorism accomplishes nothing. It has brought only disaster to those in whose name it is carried out,” he said.
Stressing that the 26/11 attacks had only strengthened ties between India and Israel, Eliezer said, “Trade relations between both countries
have remained mutual and good. Both must cooperate and work together in areas of home security, water, agriculture and others.”
Eliezer, along with representatives from nearly 25 Israeli companies dealing in sectors like home security, agriculture and water, information technology and telecommunication, are in India on a four-day India visit from January 11 to 14.
They are likely to meet top city businessmen on Thursday.