Fifteen years have passed since the horrific terrorist attacks on Mumbai on November 26th. On this day in 2008, ten terrorists infiltrated Mumbai through the sea route from Pakistan, unleashing chaos and devastation. This marked a dark chapter in India’s history, leaving wounds that cannot be easily forgotten. The attackers engaged in indiscriminate gunfire, claiming the lives of 18 security personnel and a total of 166 people. Reflecting on this grim anniversary, Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon expressed his condolences.
Israel’s Solidarity with India
Ambassador Gilon emphasized Israel’s unwavering support for India, stating that Israel has always stood by India in times of crisis. Recalling the words of India’s Prime Minister, he highlighted the global nature of terrorism, emphasizing the need for nations and individuals to join hands in combating this menace. When facing terrorism, there are no boundaries; we are united in our efforts.
The Intent of the Terrorists
Describing the Mumbai attacks as a terrifying incident, Ambassador Gilon noted that the terrorists aimed not only to cause loss of life but also to instill fear among the surviving population. Their tactics mirrored those of Hamas, seeking to create terror and panic amidst people going about their daily lives. The objective was not just to commit murders but to leave a lasting psychological impact on those who survived.
International Collaboration Against Terrorism
The Israeli diplomat stressed the importance of global collaboration in combating terrorism. Quoting Prime Minister Modi’s recognition of terrorism as a global phenomenon, Gilon advocated for worldwide cooperation. He urged nations and free individuals to unite against terrorism, emphasizing the need for concerted efforts on an international scale.
Israeli Citizens Among the Victims
It’s worth noting that several Israeli citizens were among the 166 people who lost their lives in the Mumbai attacks. The city endured approximately 60 hours of terror as iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, and the Nariman House Jewish Center came under attack. November 26, 2008, remains a somber day in India’s history.
As we reflect on the 15th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, it serves as a stark reminder of the need for global solidarity in the face of terrorism. The scars of that fateful day are still felt, but the resilience of the people and the shared commitment to fight against terror continue to strengthen the bond between India and Israel.