BiBi, Sara, Inaugurate Battle of Haifa Square in New Delhi


BiBi, Sara, Inaugurate Battle of Haifa Square in New Delhi

The tri-colour fluttering on one side and the Israeli flag on the other as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches down in Delhi, the second Israeli Prime Minister to do so after Ariel Sharon came calling in 2003.

As Netanyahu and his wife Sara stepped on the red carpet, a smiling Modi embraced the Israeli leader and then shook hands with the couple.

The two Prime Ministers are now heading to Teen Murti Memorial for a solemn ceremony. He will also lay wreath at Taj Hotel Mumbai and pay a visit to Nariman House - Chabad Centre.

From today, Delhi's Teen Murti Chowk will be known as Teen Murti Haifa Chowk.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July previous year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

During World War I, on September 26, 1918, a Brigade of Indian soldiers from the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers participated in the Battle of Haifa in Israel, where they liberated the fortified city which had been controlled by a joint Ottoman, German and Austro-Hungarian force. However the NDMC sources said though the name of the Teen Murti Chowk had been changed to Teen Murti Haifa Chowk, the civic body had had new boards made for Teen Murti Marg as well. The liberation of Haifa cleared a supply route for the Allies to the city through the sea.

However, there was some confusion in the naming process as initial photographs from the venue suggested that both the memorial as well as the Teen Murti Marg which radiates from the roundabout will be renamed.

The visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations. Before embarking on the flight, he had said: "We are strengthening the relationship between Israel and this important world power".