Paris: Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu praised and thanked India ‘I heartily thank India for standing with Israel and supporting Israel, in the United Nations.’ India voting in favour of Israel in the United Nations is the cause of expression of gratefulness by the Israeli Prime Minister. Last week, India voted in favour of Israel when a resolution against Palestine, came up for voting in the United Nations. This is a historical event in the India-Israel relations.
Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, moved a resolution of the L-15 type, in the Economic and Social Council, of the United Nations. The resolution was moved to prevent organisation ‘Shahed’ from Palestine, connected with the terrorist groups, from being awarded the observer status by the United Nations.
On the 6th of June, voting was held, following a discussion, on the resolution. Twenty-eight member countries voted in favour of the resolution and 15 voted against it. Five countries decided to remain neutral. The countries voting in favour of the resolution included India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Brazil, Japan, South Korea. Russia and Iran were among the countries voting against the resolution.
This is the first occasion that India voted in favour of Israel, and this becomes a historical event. Before this, India has never voted in favour of Israel, like this. The Israeli Prime Minister has taken cognisance of this significant change, in the Indian foreign policy. Although India and Israel attained freedom almost at the same time, it took a long time to establish diplomatic relations between the two countries. The political cooperation between the two countries started in the decade of 90s.
The cooperation gradually increased after that, and the extent of strategical cooperation between India and Israel increased. Especially, India changed its attitude towards Israel by initiating the purchase of defence equipment from Israel. But while improving relations with Israel, India has not changed its stance regarding Palestine. Prime Minister Modi had clarified during his Palestine visit that India will continue its cooperation with Palestine.