Masada Fort was decorated with flags of India and Israel on Saturday to celebrate 30 years of full diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Israel’s Ambassador to India Naor Gilone tweeted, “The #Masada Fort in Israel, a symbol of #Jewish valor, is lit to celebrate 30 years of full diplomatic relations between India and Israel.”
Masada is a rugged natural fortress of majestic beauty in the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea.
It symbolizes the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction, and the final stand of Jewish patriots before the Roman army in 73 AD. It was built by Herod the Great, King of Judea, (reigned 37 – 4 BC), in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, as a palace complex.
To mark the occasion of 30 years of diplomatic relations, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and Teen Murti Haifa Chowk in Delhi were decorated with colours. flags of India and Israel.
Earlier on Saturday, celebrating 30 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Israel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the importance of relations between the two countries has increased in recent years and it is “mutual cooperation”. It is time to achieve new milestones in the decades to come.”
India gave official recognition to Israel in 1950. However, diplomatic relations between the countries were established only in 1992.
As of 2020, India is one of the 164 countries that have established full diplomatic relations with Israel. The Embassy of India is located in Tel Aviv and embassy of Israel is located in New Delhi.
First published:January 30, 2022, 7:39 am