October 13, 2011

INDIA AND ISRAEL ARE NATURAL ALLIES FOR THE SAME REASON...:

India Fumbles on Palestine: New Delhi has been far too slow to recognize that Israel ought to be a natural ally. (SADANAND DHUME, 10/13/11, WSJ)

Instead of throwing its weight behind Israel--a natural ally with whom India shares more interests than it does with almost any other country--the left-leaning Congress Party-led government in New Delhi has publicly backed Palestinian brinkmanship on the statehood issue.

"The Palestinian question still remains unresolved and a source of great instability and violence," declared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the United Nations last month. "India is steadfast in its support for the Palestinian people's struggle for a sovereign, independent, viable and united state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, living within secure and recognizable borders side by side and at peace with Israel."

On the face of it, there's not much new in Mr. Singh's statement. India was the first non-Arab state to recognize Palestinian independence in 1988, and mouthing platitudes about support for the Palestinian cause while simultaneously deepening security and trade ties with Israel has been a hallmark of New Delhi's policy toward the region since it established full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992.

...that the Palestinians are entitled to a self-governed sovereignty.

Posted by at October 13, 2011 6:51 PM
  

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