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Jews admire and follow Indian leaders: Peres

Israeli President Shimon Peres has said that Jews admire Indian leaders like Gandhi and follow them.

Jerusalem: Likening their cultural relations
with India with an old love affair, Israeli President Shimon
Peres has said the Jewish community admire Indian statesmen
like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru and its leaders
closely follow them.

"We were prevented by the British from publishing their
works during the mandate period. I remember very well that the
Autobiography of Gandhi and the `Letters from a Father to a
Daughter` were among the first books to be translated to
Hebrew", Peres told visiting Minister of State for Commerce
and Industry, Jyotiraditya Scindia during a meeting.
Peres also expressed Israel`s support to India in the war
against terror saying "India`s security is as important to us
as our own".

"India is a friend and it was so even before diplomatic
relations were established between the two countries", the
Nobel laureate Israeli President emphasised adding, "We may
not be as big as India but are as old from a cultural point of
Scindia said the people-to-people contact between the two
countries in growing and India has emerged as the preferred
tourist destination among Israeli youngsters.

Some 40,000 Israelis visit India every year, most of them
youngsters freshly released from mandatory service in the


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