We support India 'hook, line and sinker' on issue of terrorism: Israel
The official also said Israel thinks that India has a right to defend itself from terrorists. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, the first by an Indian Prime Minister, Israel said it supports India on the subject of terrorism.
"Israel has never hidden the fact that it supports India hook, line and sinker on the subject of terrorism," PTI quoted Mark Sofer, deputy director general in charge of the Asia and Pacific division, as saying.
"We are not asking for a quid pro quo. You have suffered from terrorism from inside India, and not just emanating from Pakistan, which has been seen in recent history," he said.
The official also said Israel thinks that India has a right to defend itself from terrorists.
"We feel that India has a right to defend itself against terrorists in the same way as Israel has a right to defend itself from terrorists," he said.
Condemning terrorism in all forms, Sofer said outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hamas were no different from each other.
"We are both suffering from the same scourge. I really don't see any difference between the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Hamas. I never did and I don't today. A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist," said Sofer, who has served as ambassador to India.
In a special gesture, PM Modi will be received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his arrival at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv this evening.
Modi's three-day visit beginning today is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries and will also see discussions between him and Netanyahu to explore ways to enhance cooperation in key strategic areas.