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Current Affairs

Indo-Israel partnership

Date: 04 February 2022 Tags: India & World

Issue

January 30th marked 30 years to India-Israel full diplomatic relations. The embassy of both the countries opened in the year 1992.

 

Background

India has always been sympathetic to Palestine cause and its opposition to Israel was seen necessary in domestic politics.

 

Details

Prime Ministers of both the countries exchanged congratulatory messages to mark the important occasion of ties between the two countries.

 

Growth of ties

  • Before the famous visit of Prime Minister Modi in 2017 to Israel, the ties between two countries had grown below the radar.

  • The normalization of ties took place n 1990s eventhough India had recognised the country in 1950. This was seen as a major shift in foreign policy.

 

The changing conditions

  • India has always supported Palestine as an independent state and it had to keep Gulf countries in good humour for continuous access to oil.

  • After Arab support for Palestine began to weaken and subsequent weakening of Soviet Union, India had to look for another technologically advanced country.

  • Other than commitment to Muslim world as well as Palestine, India was trying to appease to pro-Palestinian sentiments of the country’s Muslim citizens.

 

The tightrope

  • India continues to balance its ties between Israel and commitment to Palestine cause. It has not hesitated to vote against Israel if it justifies support for two-state solution.

  • The signing of Abraham Accord was a historical move as India did not have to worry about degradation of ties with Arab countries.

  • India has shown its support for the two-state solution through a statement in the UN Security Council.

 

Support of Palestine

  • India also supported the installation of the Palestinian flag on the UN premises in September 2015 and also voted against Israel in three UNHRC resolutions.

  • India refused to issue statement against International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction to investigate human rights abuses in Palestinian territory.

  • India voted in favour of a resolution in the General Assembly opposing the US government’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.