India refuses to vote against Israel at UN

NEW DELHI: India abstained from a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) vote for adoption of a UN Inquiry Commission report on Israel’s ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza last year, which also calls upon both Israel and Palestine to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes.
While 41 countries (including most of the European Union) voted in favour of adopting the report, five, including India, abstained. The US was the only country to vote against it. Four other countries who abstained were Kenya, Ethiopia, Paraguay and Macedonia.
While media reports in Israel described India’s decision as “an unprecedented achievement for Israel”, the MEA here was quick to issue a statement saying there was no change in India’s “long standing position on support to the Palestinian cause”.
The NDA government has been hard-pressed to convince people that under PM Modi, it is not giving a new direction to its West Asia policy. The Centre had come under fire in 2014 when it voted in favour of another UNHRC resolution seeking a probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive.

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