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India- Isreal Relations (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains paper II)

Incidents highlighting tilt towards Israel
India’s decision to abstain from resolutions critical of Israel at the U.N., the United Nations Human Rights Council and UNESCO,etc.

Stand of India
India says they are committed to the Palestinian cause, to the Arab cause, and they have good relations with Israel that they intend to pursue. 
Since it came to power in 2014, the Modi government has consistently promised better ties with Israel, which it considers an ally on counter-terrorism and defence cooperation.

Past stand of India
Traditionally, India has stood unequivocally with the Palestinian cause, voting in favour of all resolutions critical of Israel.

Shift in stand
1. In July 2015, India abstained on a vote against Israel at the U.N. Human Rights Council, marking what seemed a major shift in policy, especially as it followed a phone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
2. India repeated the abstention in 2016, but explained that it was due to a reference to the International Criminal Court, which India doesn’t recognise.
3. In August 2016, India supported Israeli Ambassador Danny Dannon for the first time to become Chair of the U.N. Legal Committee, a vote opposed by all Arab countries.
4. And in October 2016, India changed its vote at the UNESCO in Paris to an abstention, on a resolution criticising Israel for encroachments at the Western Wall and near the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
 



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