TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for voting in favor of a decision introduced by the Jewish state that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian group at the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council.
In its first pro-Israel move, India voted on Tuesday for a resolution in favor of Israel in the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Palestinian non-governmental organization “Shahed” the observer status, after Israel said the organization did not disclose its ties with Hamas. It is the first time that India has voted on a resolution at the U.N.
“Thank you @NarendraModi, thank you India, for your support and for standing with Israel at the U.N.,” Netanyahu tweeted on Wednesday, almost a week after the June 6 vote.
India’s position on the Middle East peace process has been consistent and clear. India supports a negotiated solution resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognized borders, side by side at peace with Israel as endorsed in the Quartet Roadmap and relevant UNSC Resolutions.
In 2015, New Delhi abstained from voting at the UNHRC in 2015 on a resolution related to violence in Gaza, which was seen as a lenient movie towards friendly relations between Israel’s Netanyahu and India’s Modi.