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It was hailed as the reunion of friends when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came calling on a historic visit to Israel in July—the first ever by a sitting Indian head of government. Media pundits in both Israel and India talked of genuine bond of friendship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his visiting Indian counterpart. The visit was heralded as the beginning of a new era of trust and friendship between the two counties.
But the reality check came earlier this week, when the Indian government threw Israel under the bus at the United Nations by voting in favor of a resolution condemning the US decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State.
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India’s anti-Israel vote came as a shock even to close observers of India-Israel relations. In the run up to the UN vote, India had repeatedly refused to condemn President Trump’s move on Jerusalem and reiterated its neutrality in face of Arab belligerence. India’s Foreign Ministry refused repeated demands made by Arab countries to “clarify its position on the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem.”
What finally made India go against Israel at the UN General Assembly is still very much a matter of speculation, but some new developments shed light on India’s actions. Modi government’s last minute decision vote for the anti-Israel resolution, drafted by rogue states such as Yemen and Turkey, earned it praise and approval from the Muslim groups in the country.
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Responding to a congratulatory message from a Muslim politician, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj appeared in an upbeat mood and urged Indian Muslims to vote for the ruling Hindu nationalist party. Muslims constitute roughly 15 percent of the Hindu-majority country’s population and are fiercely opposed to Prime Minister Modi’s right-wing party.
It would be worth mentioning that Minister Swaraj was widely tipped to lead...
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