AHMEDABAD (The Thursday Times) – The State of Israel’s recent tweet, or post, on X (formerly Twitter) celebrating India’s victory over Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2023 has captured attention. The tweet, set against a backdrop of ongoing conflict with Hamas, conveyed Israel’s gratitude towards India for its solidarity, further linking Pakistan’s potential victory to Hamas, a contentious statement that has stirred discussions.
The tweet read: “We were really moved by Indian friends showing their solidarity with Israel 🇮🇱 We are happy that India🇮🇳 emerged victorious in the #INDvsPAK match at #CWC23 and that Pakistan was unable to attribute its victory to the terrorists of #Hamas.”
We were really moved by Indian friends showing their solidarity with Israel 🇮🇱
— Israel ישראל 🇮🇱 (@Israel) October 15, 2023
The match in question unfolded at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where India registered a robust 7-wicket victory over its arch-rival, Pakistan. The State of Israel seized this moment to express camaraderie with India, a gesture seen as unusual given the political undertones the sporting event carried due to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
Israel’s expression of gratitude comes as the country continues its war against Hamas. The mention of Hamas in the tweet added a layer of political commentary to a sporting event, intertwining geopolitics with cricket, a sport known for its massive following in both India and Pakistan.
Israel’s envoy mentioned being content that Pakistan couldn’t dedicate a potential victory to Hamas, indicating a deeper political narrative beyond the cricket pitches.