Jerusalem: Heaping praises on Mahatma
Gandhi, whom he described as a "transformational" leader,
Israel`s Nobel Laureate President Shimon Peres has said that
many in Israel view him as a Prophet, even as he described
India as a "role model of tolerance".
"It is laudable the way India has managed its unity in
diversity. There is a lot for everybody to learn in
co-existence from one of the most ancient cultures of the
world. Well, Wisdom never ages", Peres told a group of
visiting parliamentarians from India, led by Congress MP
Peres also touched upon his reverence for the Father
of India and said his teachings of non-violent coexistence
were for everybody to admire and practice.
"Mahatma Gandhi who led India`s national movement, is
not only an inspirational leader for me but a transformational
one who brought in revolutionary ideas of non-violent
"Many in Israel see him as a Prophet. The teachings in
tolerance is a model for everybody to admire and practice,"
the elder Statesman said while expressing his fondness for
Indian society and culture.
He also expressed satisfaction at with the way
bilateral relations with India have shaped since the
establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, stressing at
the common menace of terror faced by both the countries.
Jindal, on his part, said Israel`s remarkable progress
despite being afflicted by violence was admirable.
"We have always admired how Israel has handled terror
and still made a remarkable progress in science and technology
emerging leaders in the field of IT, agriculture, homeland
security, water management and several other cutting edge
technologies", Jindal told the Israeli President.
The group of young parliamentarians from various
parties include Naresh Gujral, Kalikesh N Singh Deo, Jayant
Chaudhary, Prakash Javadekar and Sanjay Jaiswal.
The group also called upon Deputy Foreign Minister
Danny Ayalon, Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer and
would be meeting opposition leader Tzipi Livni among many