Gandhinagar, Jan 17: Members of Indian Jewish community were disappointed after Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t stop to greet them near Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad. Around 50 members of the Jewish community of Ahmedabad gathered outside the Sabarmati Ashram to welcome Benjamin Netanyahu. However, the car of the Israeli Prime Minister didn’t stop near the spot allocated to the community.Also Read - Modi US Visit: PM to Meet President Biden Today | Here's What to Expect From Their First Tete-a-Tete
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi arrived at Sabarmati Ashram on Wednesday morning at around 11 am. The two leaders neither waved at the Jewish community members nor their car slowed down near to their place. Many, who were waiting since 8 am, did not know when the cars of the two PMs drove past them. Also Read - Modi-Harris Meet: PM Thanks US for Extending Help 'Like a Family' During Second Covid Wave | Key Points
“This is very disappointing. We have been here since morning. Many of us have taken a leave from office. We had bouquets and were hoping we could at least see both the leaders briefly. But they just drove past; we did not even know when they passed by,” Margalita Abraham, as reported by Indian Express, said. Some youngsters prepared a welcome song for both the leaders but did not get a chance to sing it. Also Read - Indian E-Commerce Firm Meesho Announces 30-Week Gender-Neutral Parental Leave Policy
“When Narendra Modi goes to other countries, he breaks protocol to stop or wave to the Indian community. We were hoping that Netanyahu would at least stop for a minute or two. People made personalised posters, some of the old women of the community came despite health troubles. What was the point of even calling us,” Allon Reubens, principal of Reubens School, was quoted as saying.
Joseph Pingle, another upset Indian Jew, called the event a ‘flop show’ and said they were told that Netanyahu would come in an open jeep. We are a tiny community and it would have meant a lot had they halted for just two minutes. They could have at least waved at us. What did they then call us to stand here for?” he asked.
PM Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu along with his wife Sara paid their tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram. The two leaders reached the ashram after completing their 8-km long roadshow from the airport. Netanyahu and his wife also tried their hands at the charkha and took a round of the Ashram along with Prime Minister Modi.