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July 5, 2015 11:35 am

Report: Netanyahu Phoned Indian PM Modi the Night Before India Abstained From UN Vote

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a phone call from his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, the night before India abstained from voting at the U.N. Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution condemning alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip, Indian media reported this weekend.

According to The Hindu, diplomatic sources confirmed that Netanyahu had called his Indian counterpart on Thursday to persuade Modi to reject the U.N. resolution, which passed by a large majority of 41 votes in favor on Friday.

India was one of five countries to abstain from the vote — the others were Ethiopia, Kenya, Macedonia and Paraguay. The U.S. was the only country to vote no.

Netanyahu apparently spoke to Modi about anti-Israel bias at the UNHRC, which has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than the rest of the world’s countries combined. He explained to Modi that the 33-page U.N. report equated Israel and terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip such as Hamas.

According to Indian media, the abstention marked the first time Asia’s largest democracy voted against a pro-Palestinian resolution at the U.N. — the resolution was written by the Palestinians and Arab states and ignored the alleged Hamas war crimes indicated in the report.

On Friday, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted: “There is no change in India’s support to the Palestinian cause. Issue in today’s vote at UNHRC was the reference to the International Criminal Court (ICC).”

Ties between Israel and India have warmed since Modi came to office in May last year. The Indian premier is expected to be the first to visit the Jewish state, further strengthening relations.

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  • HaroldT

    Why did Netanyahu not ‘phone Merkel, and remind her of what Germany owes the Jews ?

  • adi

    I am from India and majority of Indians want good relationship with Israel. We empathise with Jews who have been the most persecuted race in the world. The Palestine people cant be taking such a violent approach and expect Israel to keep quiet.

    Israel continues to contribute in the fields of technology, agriculture and defence in a big way. Also, Israel is seen as a country which really takes care of its citizens lives. We as Indians voted for Narendrabhai for this reason. This change in stance of India is here to stay. To the hell with UNSC permanent seat. “If Israel has to stand alone, she will stand alone” – these words moved all of us Indians and we didn’t want Israel to stand alone. Brothers & Sisters of Israel, we Indians stand by you!

    • In reply to the comments. Are you aware that from a Biblical context, and historical records, the land of “PALESTINE” is NOT IN ISRAEL,OR JERUSALEM but found to be in modern day JORDAN. So, the plight of people who call themselves “PALESTINIANS” must continue to obtain their homeland (according to history and Biblical accounts) and leave Israel/Jerusalem and take up their cause to the King of Jordan as the Palestinian state is NOT IN JERUSALEM/ISRAEL, as this is a false narrative to attempt to split the Capital of Israel, the Holy site of the Temple and the Temple Mount which belongs to Israel, and Israel alone. Abb Ass and others whose mission is to disrupt Israel and demand a portion of the Holy Capital City of Jerusalem know that their beloved “Palestine” is located in Jordan and are using the FALSE NARRATIVE to attempt world sympathy for the downtrodden “Palestinians” who want their homeland. Obviously, their “Palestine” homeland lies across the Jordan River in the country of Jordan and NOT IN ISRAEL AND JERUSALEM.

    • baz

      we muslim will make hardwork to convert israeli and indian to muslim

  • Abstenerse es el primer paso, en la direccion correcta, trabajar mas en amistad con india de porsi enemigo muto el islam

  • manohar kumar

    previous government in india got majority vote from muslim..ds government respects indian view more belongs to native people not invadore..this is a compleate hindu government which has very much sympathetical view on Jewish …every hindu feel land belongs to Israel only..muslim have many country can b settle anywhere…ds why india shifting it’s view…..

  • Ron S.

    India-Why not vote NO,don’t pussy foot around.

  • DockyWocky

    Being that the U.S. was the only “No” vote, in itself somewhat remarkable with al-Obama at the helm, it once again reminds me to ask: “why in the name of all that is holy does the U.S. bother to continue to pay to belong to this obvious “controlled” 99-44/100 left-wing organization?”

    Let’s have some fun and refuse to pay UN dues.

    Then watch how fast the entire crappy organization hits the skids.

    Leave the UN Building in NYC, after kicking out all the so-called diplomats, but let it decay as a monument to human frailty.

    • Abu Nudnik

      I’ll bat O-be-wan is the pres with the most nicknames in history. I like Al-Obama. Better yet, build a United Democratic Nations building right across the street.

    • Liliane Abergel

      No way Docky! I want that building as a shelter for homeless New Yorkers 🙂 The space at least, would be used for humanitarian purpose …

  • martin

    I bet during ww2 the un would have condemned the allies and would have given Hitler a pass. I think its time the un is banned I would hope that the next president would stop funding the un

  • G M Ben-Nathan

    First of all, good on Netanyahu and even better on Indian PM Narendra MODI.

    Secondly, Israel really ought to be working much harder than it has been to put an end to these outrageous UN votes where it is supported only by four or five states with a hundred or so voting against it on whatever Resolution is concocted by the UN or the UNHCR.

    One-sided votes are actually more of a reflection on the world body than they are on the targeted alleged ‘miscreant’ – Israel, the Jewish state.

  • India is friendlier to Iran also. Its main enemy is pakistan.Its father of nation Gandhiji asked the jews to commit suicide when Hitler killed them. Gandhiji wanted to create palestine only. So very easily from that stand they cannot deviate. I think that they have voted only to prevent pakistan coming closer to Isrqael

  • Mickey Oberman

    I am beginning to have doubts about India’s sincerity when claiming friendship with Israel.

  • steven L

    That India would consider voting for the resolution is very problematic considering the state of affairs btw In and IL. It is obviously not as good as claimed.

  • Carlos Decourcy Lascoutx

    India has every right to close ranks with Israel.
    both are fighting the same enemy.

  • What a joy to read that at least one country has the chutzpa
    to reject the U.N. resolution. May there be many more who are
    not afraid to run against the pack.

    sheila bowden

    • Grantman

      Ms. Bowden, not to take away anything from India’s vote, but India did not actually vote against (reject) the resolution. It only abstained. A world of difference in my humble opinion. But, still, it’s a start.

  • Edith Gould

    No wonder India is improving by the minute,
    Israeli innovations are helping the country prosper. They can get nothing from the Palestinians.

  • nelson marans

    While India chose only to abstain, instead of voting against the UN HCR report, it certainly was a victory when the largest population democracy recognized that Israel had a right to respond to the continuing attacks by Hamas from Gaza. Hopefully, this will indicate a new beginning in friendly relations with Israel by India, as the U. S. embraces Israel’s enemies.