India backs Israel to keep Palestinian group out of United Nations bodies

Nellie Chapman
June 13, 2019

"By taking a principled stand at the United Nations, India has finally broken a voting pattern reminiscent of the Cold War era", Vijeta Uniyal, founder of Indians for Israel, told JNS.

Media reports said following the diplomatic efforts by Israel led by its Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, 28 out of 48 countries in the UN's Economic and Social Council objected to granting the special status to the organisation.

India has previously held a position on the two-state theory under which New Delhi sees both Israel and Palestine as separate and independent countries, seeking to bring peace in West Asia.

Besides India, among the countries that voted in favor of Israel are Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the United States.

India has also always played a proactive role in garnering support for the Palestinian cause in multilateral fora.

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On June 13, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution, sponsored by Turkey and Algeria, condemning the Israeli regime for the death of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Though the vote happened on June 6, it came to light on Tuesday when Maya Kadosh, deputy chief of mission at the Israeli embassy, tweeted: "Thank you India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of terrorist organization "Shahed" to obtain the status of an observer in #UN".

Shortly before Israel's election in April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would annex portions of the West Bank if he were reelected and earlier this month the U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman told the New York Times that Israel had the right to do so.

"'Together we (India and Israel) will continue to act against terrorist organizations that intend to harm", she further wrote.

In a statement on Thursday, Israel's military said fighter planes attacked "underground infrastructure" in a compound belonging to the Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip after Israeli air defences intercepted a rocket launched from the besieged territory. They said Israel had moved the resolution after ascertaining Shahed's links to terror groups.

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