India’s political landscape was stirred as the BJP, on Saturday, drew a comparison between Israel’s current situation and India’s struggles from 2004 to 2014 under the UPA regime. This claim prompted a BJP-Congress debate after Congress condemned the terrorist attacks in Israel.
The Indian National Congress condemns the brutal attacks on the people of Israel. The Indian National Congress has always believed that the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for a life of self-respect, equality and dignity must be fulfilled only through a process…
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) October 8, 2023
BJP-Congress Debate: Comparing Israel’s Struggles to India’s Past
The BJP argued that India faced similar challenges during 2004-14, referencing incidents like the Mumbai terror attack. The Congress led by Jairam Ramesh stressed importance of resolving aspirations of Palestinian people through peaceful dialogue. Amidst this, Prime Minister Modi expressed India’s support for Israel, condemning attacks.
What Israel is facing today, India suffered between 2004-14. Never forgive, never forget… pic.twitter.com/QJsit0KZab
— BJP (@BJP4India) October 7, 2023
Support and Opposition in the Israel-Palestine Conflict
The conflict intensified when Hamas rulers of Gaza launched massive rocket assault on Israel. In response, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, declared war and called for army mobilization. Internationally, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iran supported Hamas, while Pakistan and Afghanistan sided with Palestine. However, India, along with US and the UK stood in solidarity with Israel.
Israel Appreciates India’s Moral Support
India’s backing of Israel was notable due to their strategic relationship. PM Modi, expressing shock at the attacks, reiterated India’s support for Israel during this challenging period. Israel appreciated India’s moral support, strengthening the diplomatic ties between the two nations.