Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for voting in favour of a decision introduced by the Jewish state that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian group at the UN’s Economic and Social Council.
In a rare move, India on Tuesday voted in favour of Israel in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Palestinian non-governmental organisation ‘Shahed’ the observer status, after Israel said the organisation did not disclose its ties with Hamas.
Thank you @NarendraModi, thank you India, for your support and for standing with Israel at the UN. 🇮🇱🇮🇳
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) June 12, 2019
It is the first time that India has voted on a resolution at the UN that is being perceived as pro-Israel.
New Delhi had abstained during a voting at the UNHRC in 2015 on a resolution related to violence in Gaza which was seen as a significant move in Israel and attributed by many to the emerging strong chemistry between Modi and Netanyahu.
The proposal made by the Palestinian NGO Shahed’ to obtain observer status in the UN was rejected by a 28-14 vote.