India Speaking Up for Israel Is a Refreshing Change in Its Foreign Policy

(Swarajya-India) Aravindan Neelakandan - As 24 nations voted in UNESCO to support a resolution on Jerusalem that insulted the collective intelligence of all humanity, outgoing Israel Foreign Ministry director-general Dore Gold noted that the majority of nations either abstained or voted in favor of Israel. He specifically noted that India has changed its stand from its traditional position. One can go to any tea shop in any part of India, except perhaps those zones where radicalized Islamists stalk, and start a conversation about the topic of terrorism. Five minutes into the conversation you will find Indians, irrespective of their religion or language, appreciate and admire Israel's bold stands on terrorism. Israeli commando operations like the one in Entebbe have set the standards for the expected state response to terrorism. In reality, decades of Indian support to Palestinians never once resulted in unqualified support for India on the Kashmir issue from Palestinian organizations. We would be living in a fool's paradise if we continue to believe that by supporting the Palestinians we could gather Arab support for Kashmir. Worse, Palestinian jihadists have used Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) for terrorist training against Israel.

2016-10-21 00:00:00

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