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December 23, 2014 8:04 am

India Weighs Dropping Pro-Palestinian Stance at UN

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – India is weighing dropping its pro-Palestinian stance at the United Nations.

“Like other foreign policy issues, the [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi government is looking at India’s voting record at the United Nations on the Palestinian issue,” a government source told The Hindu, an Indian daily newspaper, adding that the U.N. policy change only needs an “administrative nod.”

The report indicates that India would shift from voting for the Palestinian cause to one of abstention. India and Israel have enjoyed increasingly close military and economic cooperation over the past two decades. With the election of Modi earlier this year, many speculated that Israel-India ties would grow due to Modi’s personal and business ties with the Jewish state, dating to his time as chief minister of one of India’s wealthiest and industrialized states.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Modi met for the first time last September on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York to discuss bilateral ties and Iran’s nuclear program. Last week, Modi also sent out Hanukkah greetings to his “Jewish friends” via his Twitter account.

“May this Festival of Lights and the festive season ring in peace, hope, and well-being for all,” Modi wrote.

The move by India comes as the Palestinians have indicated their intent to push for unilateral statehood recognition in several international bodies. At the same time, several of Israel’s long-standing allies in Europe have passed non-binding legislative resolutions calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood.

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  • Julian Clovelley

    Abstention is a sensible move when what you really want is for the parties to sit down and negotiate solutions

    Palestine joining the Rome Statute and recognising the ICC should be seen as a step in the right direction. Israel should do the same by ratifying the treaty it already signed and itself bring matters before the court for adjudication under International Law

    When the matters in dispute are subject to Court judgement the considered need to be “aligned” is over. The need has become one of respectful behaviour in a Court of Law by the parties directky concerned, and respect for judgements the rest of the world will likely accept.

    Abstention, use of the ICC to clarify and perhaps resolve issues, respect and support for the United Nations – what else could be done?

    I’d like to make a suggestion for the next step – massive physical and mental health services for the region, internationally as well as locally funded. Just as national public health services recognise that the vulnerability in terms of health of the individual impacts on the general and individual health of all society (disease does not recognise class and economic boundaries) so local health is an international concern

    Some people will undoubtedly have problems understanding that in the more intellectually and socially backward nations, such as the USA – but most advanced nations already grasp it. In the case of the USA one might start with mental health in relation to this matter. They’re idiots.

  • ‘non-binding resolutions to recognise Palestine’ were possibly misunderstood by the pro-Palestinian media. In Britain, the majority of MP’s did not vote. Of the minority who did vote they were mainly Labour MP’s who were ‘whipped’ to vote even though such resolutions are supposed to be a ‘free vote’. Labour’s Jewish leader Ed Milliband misused the system to get his desired result. Most of the other EU states that did non-binding resolutions seemed to think they were encouraging Israel to negotiate a settlement, while in reality they were encouraging Abbas to make bigger demands. The EU and the USA should make their donations to rebuilding Gaza conditional on Hamas being removed from power, preferably put on trial for causing harm to Gazan civilians such as the 160+ children who allegedly died digging Hamas terror tunnels.