India Reaffirms Support for Two-State Solution Amid Ongoing Israel-Palestine Conflict

India reaffirms support for two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict, calls for ceasefire and humanitarian aid amid ongoing Gaza war, and hopes Palestine's UN membership bid will be reconsidered.

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India Reaffirms Support for Two-State Solution Amid Ongoing Israel-Palestine Conflict

India Reaffirms Support for Two-State Solution Amid Ongoing Israel-Palestine Conflict

India has reiterated its support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict amid the ongoing Gaza war. The country's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, emphasized India's commitment to a resolution where the Palestinian people can live freely in an independent country with secure borders, while also addressing Israel's security needs.

Kamboj condemned the October 7, 2023 terrorist attacks in Israel by Hamas but stressed that international and humanitarian laws should be respected by all parties involved in the conflict. India called for the unconditional release of Israeli hostages in Gaza and the immediate scaling up of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza to prevent further deterioration of the situation.

The discussion in the UN General Assembly focused on Palestine's recent attempt to become a full member of the United Nations, which was vetoed by the US in the Security Council last month. The US cited concerns over the Palestinian Authority's reforms and the influence of Hamas, a terrorist organization, in Gaza. While the US continues to support a two-state solution, it said the vote does not reflect opposition to Palestinian statehood but an acknowledgment that it can only come from direct negotiations between the parties.

The Palestinian representative called for an immediate ceasefire and urged the Security Council to reconsider Palestine's application for UN membership, stating that the Palestinian people's right to self-determination cannot be subject to an Israeli veto. The Israeli ambassador criticized the UN's stance, saying the advancement of Palestinian statehood would only further terrorism and be an obstacle to resolving the conflict.

Why this matters: The ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict has far-reaching implications for regional stability and international diplomacy. India's reaffirmation of support for a two-state solution highlights the need for a peaceful resolution that respects the rights and security of both Israelis and Palestinians.

India expressed hope that Palestine's bid for full UN membership, which was blocked by the US veto, will be reconsidered in the future and receive broader support. "India has long-standing support for a two-state solution achieved through direct and meaningful negotiations between Israel and Palestine on final status issues to deliver an enduring peace," Kamboj stated, emphasizing India's historical commitment to the Palestinian cause as the first non-Arab state to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1974 and one of the first countries to recognize the State of Palestine in 1988.

Key Takeaways

  • India reaffirms support for two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict.
  • India condemns terrorist attacks in Israel by Hamas, calls for respecting laws.
  • US vetoes Palestine's bid for UN membership, citing concerns over Palestinian Authority.
  • Palestine urges Security Council to reconsider its UN membership application.
  • India hopes Palestine's UN membership bid will be reconsidered in the future.