Ahead of the 15th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Israel has officially declared the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as a terrorist organization. This move is part of Israel’s commitment to supporting the global war on terror.
- Despite not receiving a request from the government of India, Israel has completed all necessary procedures and checks to formally include Lashkar-e-Taiba in its list of illegal terrorist organizations.
- The announcement emphasizes Israel’s proactive stance against terrorism.
Gaza Strip Military Operation
- The announcement coincides with Israel’s ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip, initiated after the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israeli targets.
- Israel has been urging India to ban Hamas, but New Delhi has not taken such a step so far.
Israeli Ambassador’s Statement
- Israeli Ambassador to India, Naor Gilon, informed the media in New Delhi that Israel views Lashkar-e-Taiba as a deadly and reprehensible terror organization.
- The statement highlights Lashkar-e-Taiba’s responsibility for the Mumbai attacks of 26/11, including the infamous terror raid on the Chabad House in Nariman Point, where several Israeli citizens lost their lives.
Call to Proscribe Hamas
- The Israeli ambassador revealed that Israel has been advocating for India to proscribe Hamas, a request that has not been fulfilled by New Delhi.
Reverberations of 26/11
- The announcement underscores Lashkar-e-Taiba’s heinous actions on November 26, 2008, during the Mumbai attacks, which continue to resonate strongly in the international community.
- The Chabad House attack, specifically targeting Israeli citizens, remains a tragic episode in the collective memory of peace-seeking nations.