After Gaza rocket fire, Indians tweet #IndiaWithIsrael in show of support

After a day of rocket fire from Gaza, the top three hashtags trending on Twitter in India are #IsraelUnderFire, #IsraelUnderAttack and #IndiaWithIsrael.

Throughout the day, people across the globe posted on social media about the rising tensions between Israel and Gaza.

However, Israel-related hashtags were mainly trending within Israel. India was the exception, with its hashtags about the rocket barrage from Gaza remained trending long after Israeli Twitter began focusing on other things.

Indian politician Kapil Mishra tweeted: "Time to stand strongly with Israel #IsraelUnderFire."

"Israel is under attack by Terrorists from Gaza. India is with Israel. #IsraelUnderFire," Prashant Patel Umrao, an advocate at the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court, tweeted.

Both Mishra and Umrao received praise from Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi, Maya Kadosh, who retweeted their posts and thanked them.

Kadosh, who started a list of Indian Twitter accounts that talk about Israel, also tweeted about the situation in Israel.
The two countries have enjoyed good diplomatic relations, and in August, Indian and Israeli officials traded tweets in honor of Friendship Day.

"Happy #FriendshipDay2019 India!" The Israeli Embassy in India wrote on Twitter. "May our ever strengthening friendship & #growingpartnership touch greater heights."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the message, writing in Hebrew, "Thank you. I wish a happy Friendship Day to the wonderful citizens of Israel and to my friend [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu]."

Netanyahu, who has a close relationship with Modi, also joined in on the friendship tweets and responded to the Indian prime minister.

"Thank you, my friend, India PM @narendramodi," Netanyahu responded. "I could not agree with you more."

A study undertaken on behalf of Israel's foreign ministry way back in 2009 by an international market research company found that India is the most pro-Israel country in the world, beating out the United States by two percentage points.

The study, undertaken as part of the "Branding Israel" project, looked at what it calls the world's 13 most important countries and included 5,215 interviewees. Asked a series of questions, participants graded their sympathy for Israel on a 1-to-10 scale. Some results, given in terms of percentage expressing sympathy to the Jewish State:

58% India
56% United States
52% Russia
52% Mexico
50% China
34% Great Britain
27% France
23% Spain

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