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With the warming of India’s relationship with the Jewish state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may change his government’s pro-Palestinian stand at the UN. 

“In what could amount to a tectonic shift in the country’s foreign policy,” India’s Prime Minister Modi is considering abstaining in votes at the UN concerning Israel and the Palestinian Authority rather then supporting the PA, The Hindu reports.

Two sources within the government confirmed to The Hindu that the change, which would be a fundamental departure from India’s support for a Palestinian state, was under consideration.

“Like other foreign policy issues, the Modi government is looking at India’s voting record at the United Nations on the Palestinian issue,” a government source told the newspaper. “The change only needs an administrative nod,” a second source said.

Israel and India have recently engaged in a process of strengthening their ties, as both leaders met for the first time in a decade this past September.

India’s traditional stance at the UN has been a cause of contention between the two nations, with Jerusalem frustrated that the close ties between the two countries had not yielded a change in New Delhi’s support for the PA at the UN.

‘The Sky is the Limit’

Israel and India enjoy the sharing of technological development, and India is one of Israel’s biggest clients in the defense technologies market.

After the Netanyahu-Modi meeting, the leaders agreed on boosting their collaboration, especially in the fields of agriculture and water technology.

“We’re very excited by the prospects of greater and greater ties with India. We think the sky is the limit,” Netanyahu declared.

Israel had won a big defense contract when India’s Defense Ministry decided in October to acquire an Israeli-made anti-tank rocket, choosing it over a similar U.S.-made missile.

By: United with Israel Staff


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