The Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Historical Perspective and Its Influence on IndiaPosted at 10-October-2023 / Written by Ayushi Rajput
10-sec summaryThe Israel-Palestine conflict, one of the world's longest-running disputes, has recently taken a dangerous turn. In a shocking series of events, Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, launched an unprecedented attack on Israel, causing casualties. Israel responded with retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza, leading to casualties among Palestinians. This ongoing conflict dates back to the 20th century and carries significant regional implications. India's position has evolved, reflecting a nuanced diplomatic approach.
Let’s break down the details.
The Escalation and Tragedy: What Led to Recent Violence?
The Broader Implications of the Conflict
India's Historical and Evolving Perspective
- 1.The balancing act: Despite strengthening ties with Israel, India continued to support Palestinian positions on specific issues, such as opposing Israel's border wall construction in 2003, advocating for Palestine's inclusion at UNESCO in 2011, and adding the Palestinian flag to the UN premises in 2015.
In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian PM to visit Israel officially. He followed this up with an official visit to Palestine in 2018. Amid the 2021 crisis, India reiterated its support for Palestine at the UN while condemning the violence. India remains committed to the two-state solution. India's evolving military relationship with Israel has led to a pragmatic approach of "de-hyphenation" between Israel and Palestine. India now engages with both sides independently, aiming not to let one policy affect the other.
- 2.Solidarity with Israel: During the recent crisis in Israel-Palestine, PM Modi expressed solidarity with Israel, condemning the terrorist attacks and offering thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families. This reflects India's commitment to a peaceful resolution while recognizing Israel's right to self-defense.