The US President Donald Trump has announced recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital overturning decades of US foreign policy.
But, what is India’s stand on Israel and Palestine?
India – Israel
1. September 17, 1950: India announced recognition of Israel.
2. 1992: Upon establishment of full diplomatic relations, embassies were opened in Tel Aviv.
3. October 2015: President Pranab Mukherjee visited Isreal.
4. November 2016: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited India.
5. 4-6 July 2017: Prime Minister Modi made the first ever official visit to Israel. The relationship between the two nations was turned to ‘strategic’.
India – Palestine
1. 1974: India became the first non-Arab state to recognize Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
2. 1988: India was one of the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine.
3. 1996: India opened its Representative Office to the State of Palestine in Gaza. 2003: It was shifted to Ramallah. Unlike in Israel, India does not have an embassy in Palestine.
4. October 2011: India voted in favour of Palestine for its acceptance as a full member of UNESCO.
5. November 29, 2012: India co-sponsored the resolution that made Palestine a ‘non-member state’ of United Nations General Assembly.
6. April 2015: India supported the Bandung Declaration on Palestine at Asian African Commemorative Conference
7. September 2015: India supported installation of Palestine flag at UN premises.