For the first time, India votes in favour of Israel at UN against Palestine

India changes its decades-old position on two-state theory.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi


  • Changing its stance for the first time in decades, India votes against Palestine.
  • India votes to deny observer status to Palestine body ‘Shahed’ at UN.

  • Maya Kadosh, deputy chief of mission at the Israel embassy in India, thanks for the support.

In a first, India voted in support of Israel at the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) denying observer status to a Palestinian human rights organisation named ‘Shahed’ last week. It is unprecedented and in fact, a shocking move as it the first time India has taken a step back from its decades-old position on the subject of two-state theory.

Previously, New Delhi saw both Israel and Palestine as separate and independent countries, in an attempt to bring peace in West Asia. The vote took place on 6 June at the UN. It saw countries such as US, France, Germany, India, Japan, UK, South Korea and Canada residing in favour of Israel, while China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and some others voted in favour of the Palestine body.

The proposal was made by ‘Shahed’ in an attempt to obtain observer status in the UN got rejected by a 28-14 vote.

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The first sign:

On Tuesday, Maya Kadosh, deputy chief of mission at the Israel embassy in India, tweeted:

“Thank you, India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of the terrorist organization “Shahed” to obtain the status of an observer in #UN. Together we will continue to act against terrorist organizations that intend to harm.”

Speaking to an international reporting source, Kadosh said this is the first time Israel had moved the proposal to reject the request made by ‘Shahed’ to grant it observer status. She further added that it has links with Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad that was designated as a terrorist organisation in 1997.

“This is a good sign… India was the first country to support us amongst the Asia group, so we are very happy,” Kadosh said.

A statement by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that ‘Shahed’ claims to deal with human rights and humanitarian issues, but in reality, it is a “terrorist organisation” and operates as “an arm of the Hamas terror organisation” based in Lebanon.

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