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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar lays wreath at the mausoleum for Indian soldiers in Israel

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About 900 Indian soldiers are buried in cemeteries in Israel.

Jerusalem:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday began his five-day visit to Israel by laying wreaths at a cemetery for Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the region during World War I in Jerusalem’s Talpiyet.

About 900 Indian soldiers are buried in Israeli cemeteries in Jerusalem, Ramle and Haifa.

Jaishankar, who arrived here earlier in the day on his maiden visit to the country as external affairs minister, paid floral tributes at the Talpot graveyard.

Mr Jaishankar wrote in the Visitor’s Book, “I am honored to pay homage to the brave sons of India who fought bravely and courageously on this land during WWI, thereby saving them, their comrades and their motherland. Pride increased.”

“The valor and supreme sacrifice of these heroes will always be etched in the heart of our nation. Your valor and selfless service is an inspiration and a ray of light that will always guide us in the service of our nation. I would like to thank you and the Indians in Israel Commonwealth War Graves Commission to maintain these memorials for soldiers,” he wrote.

The valor of Indian soldiers has come to prominence here during the last two decades and the story of the liberation of the northern coastal city of Haifa, considered by most war historians to be “the last great cavalry campaign in history”, has become a household story. With inclusion in history textbooks.

The Indian Army observes every year on 23 September as Haifa Day to honor the three brave Indian Cavalry Regiments – the Mysore, Hyderabad and Jodhpur Lancers – who fought against Haifa after a fierce cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. helped free.

Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh were awarded the Indian Order of Merit (IOM) and Captain Anoop Singh and Second Lieutenant Sagat Singh were awarded the Military Cross (MC) for their bravery in this battle.

Major Dalpat Singh, widely known as the Hero of Haifa, was awarded a Military Cross for his bravery.

Indian cavalry regiments armed with spears and swords displayed the highest tradition of valor and drove off the enemy from the rocky slopes of Mount Carmel.

In a symbolic gesture of friendship with Israel, India renamed the iconic Teen Murti Chowk, a war memorial during the visit of the then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Delhi, at Teen Murti Haifa Square in January 2018.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Haifa Cemetery during his visit to Israel in July 2017 and unveiled a plaque in memory of Major Dalpat Singh for his important role in the liberation of the city.

The 61st Cavalry, the name given to the unit formed after the merger of cavalry units after independence, sent a contingent to Israel in 2018 to participate in centenary celebrations.

Israel Post released a commemorative postage stamp in 2018 lauding the role of Indian soldiers in liberating the city.

During his visit, Mr. Jaishankar will meet President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid during his standalone visit.

He will also interact with prominent academics, business community leaders and the Indian Jewish community from across Israel.

Shri Jaishankar will also visit places of historical importance in India, showcasing his long-standing presence in the region and the constructive role he has played in shaping the region’s history.

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