But it is the man-made carnage captured in Sunday's The Hindu that Israelis can most readily identify with: "Body parts were scattered all over. Two minors were lying in a pool of blood with their faces completely disfigured, while several others lay writhing in pain screaming for help."
New Delhi on Saturday, Hadera on Wednesday, where a crowded marketplace was targeted by an Islamic Jihad bomber killing five shoppers, including a Muslim father out buying food for a post-Ramadan meal.
No innocent citizen, whether in a country of 1 billion or in a nation with a mere 6 million souls, should die at the hands of religious or ethnic extremists for being at the wrong place - a market, a bus, a cafe - at the wrong time
We understand that India is a multicultural nation, that 13 percent of its population is Muslim and that both internal harmony and stability in its relations with Pakistan are Indian interests. But "terrorism" is not the foe - it is his tactic.
The larger lesson of this tragedy is that India is under attack from Muslim extremists - like Israel - not for anything it does or did, but for being a largely non-Muslim entity in a part of the world claimed by the Islamists.
India and Israel have similar historical trajectories. Both are ancient civilizations with religious, cultural, and linguistic roots in the soil of their respective lands. Both achieved independence at roughly the same time under difficult circumstances from Great Britain. The national leadership of each sought accommodation with their Muslim neighbors only to have their overtures rejected.