- India has always supported a negotiated Two-State solution to the Israel-Palestine issue leading to the establishment of a sovereign
- Not long after the bombings on October 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Hamas attack a "terrorist" act.
India voted in favor of a UN motion that says Israeli settlements in Palestine are wrong. Thursday, the resolution was passed. It says that settlement operations are wrong in “Occupied Palestinian Territory,” which includes East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan. The United States and Canada were two of the seven countries that were against it. Eighteen countries did not vote at all.
India didn’t vote on a UN resolution a few weeks ago that called for a “immediate, durable, and sustained humanitarian truce” between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Since the strikes on Israel on October 7, there has been war between Israel and Hamas. Over 11,000 people have died in Gaza. Around 1,200 Israelis were killed and more than 200 were taken prisoners by Hamas.
Sources in the government said that India’s decision to withdraw from the earlier vote was because it was worried about the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza and thought there could be no middle ground on terror.
“There were no clear condemnations of the October 7 terrorist attacks in the UNGA resolution.” Before the vote on the main motion, an amendment was made to include this part.
The amendment got 88 votes in favor from India, but that was not enough to get the two-thirds majority needed, the person said.
“In the absence of the all elements of our approach not being covered in the final text of the resolution, we abstained in the vote on its ado
on,” said the source.
Sources in the government said that New Delhi’s decision on the motion was based on its “steadfast and consistent position” on the issue, and the city’s explanation of the vote reaffirmed this in a full and thorough way.
The sources said that there can be “no equivocation on terror” when they talked about Hamas’s strikes on Israel.
Yojna Patel, India’s Deputy Permanent Representative, said this to explain New Delhi’s vote: “Our thoughts are also with those who have been taken hostage.” We demand that they be freed right away and without any conditions.
“We need to do something about this humanitarian crisis.” We are glad that the international community is trying to calm things down and giving the people of Gaza relief aid. “India has also helped with this,” she had said.
“India has always supported a negotiated Two-State solution to the Israel-Palestine issue leading to the establishment of a sovereign, independent and viable State of Palestine living within secure and recognized borders, side-by-side in peace with Israel,” she said.
Not long after the bombings on October 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Hamas attack a “terrorist” act. As more people die in the war, the government’s clear support for Tel Aviv with no mention of Palestine has become a more balanced reaction to the crisis.
In later comments on the matter, the Ministry of External Affairs said it had “always favored direct negotiations aimed at creating a sovereign, independent, and workable state of Palestine.”