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Did Israelis think Mumbai was unsafe?
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | September 10, 2003 11:48 IST
Though the news of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon cutting short his visit to India was made official only on Wednesday morning, indications that he may not be travelling to Mumbai had begun coming in on Tuesday afternoon.
Besides, the Israelis were not too happy with the security arrangements made for their prime minister by the Delhi police.
On more than one occasion the Israeli securitymen insisted on body searching Indian security personnel.
The paranoia of the Israeli security was visible when television teams at Rajpath were told to aim their cameras away from the direction from where Sharon's cavalcade was coming.
Television networks were not allowed to direct telecast any function attended by the Israeli prime minister.
Israeli security personnel could be seen pacing up and down even in secure places like Hyderabad House, where Sharon attended a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.