web analytics
February 28, 2015 / 9 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Caring for Israeli Sensitivities

Parliament_House,New_Delhi

One wonders how the other day New Delhi chose to back the decision of the UN Human Rights Council to launch a commission of inquiry into Israel’s military offensive in Gaza . The Palestine-drafted resolution was adopted through a vote at the Council.  It  saw India along with other Brics nations condemn Israel’s disproportionate  use of force and the large-scale killing of civilians in Palestine.  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay even branded Israeli military actions in Gaza as amounting to war crimes.

 New Delhi’s behaviour at the UNHCR  was in sharp contrast with how,  earlier,  India Minister of External Affairs Sushama Swaraj and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaih Nadu both had rejected  the Opposition’s demand in Parliament to condemn Israel’s ongoing air and artillery bombardment on the Gaza Strip . Minister Swaraj said, “ any discourteous reference to any friendly country would affect relations.”  She announced in India’s Upper House ,  “We fully support the Palestinian cause while maintaining good relations with Israel.”

 Rebutting the Opposition’s call for suspension of all military purchases from Israel and taking the issue of the on-going Israeli action against Haman in the Gaza Strip to the United Nations, she argued that the present conflict in Gaza could have been ended and peace restored by now if Hamas had accepted the ceasefire proposal from Cairo.     

 Pertinently, Minister Swaraj also had a dig at a communist member in the House who called for suspending arms purchases from Israel on the issue of the present conflict . She asked him why his party, which was supporting the UPA-I , had not made such a demand in 2008 when 1,400 Palestinians were killed and then later in 2012 when there was another spurt of violence. 

 

Given this difference in the approaches of the Government in Parliament and at the Rights Council, there appears to be some kind of lack of understanding on the part of New Delhi . New Delhi ought to appreciate the  sensitivities of Jerusalem today.  Ever since Israel was founded , it has stood by India  during all its major crises , including the 1971 Pak-Indo war and the 1999 Kargil conflict  . After New Delhi established full-fledged diplomatic ties with Jerusalem,  relations between the two nations have flourished in different sectors .  Nothing should be done to put them off track.

 New Delhi  would do well to remain aware of the predicament of Israel today. This only developed democracy in the Middle East has suffered a lot at the hands of Hamas , a notorious terrorist organization with a charter based on the fanatic ideology of hatred and violence  against vast sections of humanity, including women .  

Hamas has had no history of faith in peace and development in the region. It is for dismantling the state of Israel completely. It has fired more than 12.000 rockets at Israeli towns since 2005 and indulged in dozens of other terror attacks on civilians in the country. According to a Middle East expert,  since 2007  it has built a maze of underground concrete bunkers and tunnels underneath the residential areas of Gaza . Its sole  purpose has been to enable the Hamas command structure to reside safely underground while their armed forces conduct a mobile defense against Israeli forces. This enables surprise attacks on the IDF units from different directions, allowing the attackers to then disappear again underground to emerge and attack somewhere else. 

 

Given this background, Israel seems to have been left with no option but to retaliate against Hamas in the Gaza Strip  and use all means at its disposal to protect its citizens, Jews, Muslims and others alike,  in the region.  Needless to mention, Hamas has made it amply clear by its recent behavior as well that it has  no genuine intention of returning to the cease-fire of 2012.  Hamas has continued   firing its  rockets after rejecting  the Egyptian cease-fire proposal.  It has cared a fig also for  the humanitarian cease-fire initiated by the United Nations  .  

 New Delhi would do well also to bear in mind that the ideology of  Hamas is for the elimination of whoever does not subscribe to  its fanatical version of a great religion. Its linkages are spread all over the world .  As such it poses a threat to pluralist India too. There are already reports that  the masked supporters of the Hamas (and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ) have of late marched through streets in Srinagar, capital of India’s province of Jammu and Kashmir .   

 

About the Author: Jagdish N. Singh is an Indian journalist based in New Delhi.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

7 Responses to “Caring for Israeli Sensitivities”

  1. I stand for Israel! Shalom!

  2. Marcel Murad says:

    Ali ya homar you keep showing up like a false coin . Crawl back in your hole.

  3. Tracy Ramsey says:

    I don’t think the left has ever forgiven Israel for surviving in ’67. They loved Israel and the Jews so long as they were the besieged underdogs. The instant David slew Goliath however, the crowds began to turn.

  4. Shahid Khan says:

    I stand with truth i stand with isreal…

  5. Shahid Khan says:

    I stand with truth i stand with isreal…

  6. Shahid Khan says:

    I stand with truth i stand with isreal…

  7. All Countries would do well take note of what is going on in Israel.How long before they are next ?

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
18,000 Iranian Centrifuges
Reducing Iran’s Number of Centrifuges Makes a Bomb More Likely
Latest Indepth Stories
Netanyahu in a previous address to Congress-

Bibi’s speech to Congress will bring respect and honor to the Jewish Nation from the US & the world

Korenblit-022715

Obama & Putin have handwriting/signature clues indicating differences between public & private life

Councilman David Greenfield

It’s time for a new Jewish policy regarding Ramallah, NOT just because of the yarmulke incident

Levmore-022715

“GETT’s” being screened for Israeli Rabbinical Court judges at their annual convention.

If Jackson were alive he’d denounce Democratic party’s silence towards virulent anti-Semitism

Victim of Palestinian Arab terrorism, a victor in NY federal court, after years of being ignored by Justice Dept.

March 2013: Arabs hurled stones hitting the Biton’s car; Adele’s mother swerved the car-into a truck

The real issue is that in many respects the president has sought to recalibrate American values and our system of government.

Former Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman, writing in the Washington Post on Sunday, provided one of the clearest and most compelling analyses we’ve seen of the importance of the prime minister’s speech.

A central concept in any discussion about happiness is achieving clarity. “Ain simcha ela k’hataras hasefeikos” – there is no joy as that experienced with the removal of doubt.

“Je Suis..,” like its famous origin 400 years ago, implies the ability & freedom to think & question

Many anti-Israel demonstrations at universities have a not-so-latent anti-Semitic agenda as well

Believing a few “extremists” hijacked Islam is myopic in history and geography, numbers and scope

More Articles from Jagdish N. Singh
Blank political map of Europe

Leaders of the liberal democratic world must combat the rise in “New Fascism” wherever it is found

U.S. President Barack Obama

History shows that successive US administrations haven’t been committed to freedoms internationally

A Pakistan expert says that Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif is unlikely to take on the extremists

The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.

Like Jerusalem, New Delhi must defend itself against Islamist terror threatening its core values

Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 as reaction to Ataturk’s abolishing the Caliphate in 1924

The first and foremost function of a modern state is to take care of all its citizens.

Washington continues to overlook the deeds of Pakistan’s notorious Inter Service Intelligence

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/caring-for-israeli-sensitivities/2014/07/31/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: