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25 years of Indo-Israel relations: Bonding through literature

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Writers from and highlighted the strength of their cultural and literary ties at a meeting here to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The authors interacted at the Sahitya Akademi's annual event "Festival of Letters" yesterday.

Award-winning Dorit Silverman, among the six delegates from the (HWA) who attended the session, quoted HWA as stressing that literary ties between the authors would continue.

"The ties that we (HWA) created with each of the writers from and the are of great importance to us and these ties will continue," she quoted him as saying.

Apart from Silverman, the session was attended by Meir Ouziel, Smadar Shir, Hava Pinhas-Cohen, Adiva Geffen and Avivit Levy Kapach from

K Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, said the countries shared an "ancient and rich literary heritage" and up of diplomatic relations provided it with an opportunity to bring together the "best minds from literary, cultural and linguistic traditions" of the two countries.

"The two countries have an ancient and rich literary heritage and are trying to revive their dying languages...The loss of any language is not mainly a loss of a tool of communication, but of an entire cultural heritage," he said.

With the help of the embassy of in Israel, a delegation of Indian writers visited the West Asian country in November last year. The meeting was a reciprocation of that, he said.

Silverman, in her lecture titled the "Healing Power of Writing", spoke about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

She noted the only solution that seemed possible to the conflict was a way for the people "to cooperate and live together".

"I don't have the ultimate answer to the big question in our lives in -- how to make peace with our neighbours. But I have one certain conclusion that we (Israel and Palestine) could never really be separated," she said.

The meeting, which was attended by a host of Indian writers, was organised by the cultural body, with help from the in Israel, embassy of Israel in India, culture ministry and Israeli writers' association.

India and Israel established diplomatic relations in 1992 and are now marking the completion of 25 years of formal ties.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 15:05 IST