New Delhi:  Israel on Wednesday condoled the death of Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob (retd), the man who negotiated the surrender of Pakistani troops in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
“I would like to pay tribute to a man who we lost this morning, Gen. Jacob, an Indian war hero, a proud Jew, friend of Israel, a man who during his remarkable career did so much for India, for the liberty of India, for the democracy of India,” Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said at a media briefing here ahead of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to that country next week.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to the late war hero saying that the nation would remain grateful towards him from rendering his service at the most crucial time. 
“He has been for many years a living bridge between the people of India and the people of Israel. We are sorry for this loss, We will bid adieu to him tomorrow,” he added.
Jacob died here on Wednesday after prolonged illness.