Masada Fortress lights up to celebrate India-Israel Friendship

To celebrate the occasion of India-Israel’s 30 years of diplomatic relations, Masada Fortress in Israel was lit up with flags of India and Israel on Saturday.

In a tweet, Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel to India said, “The #Masada Fortress in #Israel, a symbol of #Jewish heroism, is lit to celebrate 30 years of full diplomatic relations between India and Israel,“.

Celebration of India-Israel 30 Years Friendship

To mark the occasion of 30 years of diplomatic ties, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Teen Murti Haifa Chowk in Delhi was lit up in the colors of India and Israel’s flag.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The history of the relationship between our countries is very old. There has been a strong relationship between the people of India and Israel for centuries“. He also said that the importance of ties between the two countries has increased in recent years and it is time to achieve “new milestones in mutual cooperation in the coming decades.”

Earlier, on January 24, a special logo was unveiled virtually by the Indian Ambassador to Israel Sanjeev Kumar Singla and Ambassador of Israel to India Naor Gilon for the celebrations of 30 years of India-Israel friendship. The logo was designed by Indian designer Nikhil Kumar Rai from NID.


India-Israel Diplomatic Relation

India officially recognized Israel on 17th September 1950. However, the full-fledged diplomatic ties between the two countries were established only on January 29, 1993. Since then, the bilateral relations between the two countries have strengthened into multifaceted strategic partnerships. As of 2020, India is one of the 164 countries to have diplomatic ties with Israel. India’s embassy is located in Tel Aviv and Israel’s embassy is located in Delhi.


About Masada Fort

Masada is a rugged natural fortress, of majestic beauty, in the Judaean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a symbol of the ancient kingdom of Israel, its violent destruction, and the last stand of Jewish patriots in the face of the Roman army, in 73 AD.

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Image Credit: – Natgeotraveller

The fort was built as a palace complex, in the classic style of the early Roman Empire, by Herod the Great, King of Judaea, (reigned 37 – 4 BC). The camps, fortifications, and attack ramp that encircle the monument constitute the most complete Roman siege works surviving to the present day.

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