India’s decision to abstain from United Nations vote on resolution calling for a truce in Israel-Palestine conflict has sparked criticism. Sonia Gandhi, former president of Congress party, condemned India’s abstention and highlighted consistent stance of Indian National Congress in supporting direct negotiations for sovereign, independent, viable, and secure state of Palestine coexisting peacefully with Israel.
Sonia Gandhi Advocates Dialogue and Peace Amidst India’s Abstention from UN Israel Vote
In her article titled ‘A war where humanity is on trial now’, Sonia Gandhi expressed disappointment in India’s abstention and emphasized the importance of dialogue for both Israel and Palestine. She criticized influential countries for being partisan instead of working towards ending the conflict. Sonia Gandhi stressed that a cessation of military activity is crucial to bring lasting peace to the region.
Humanity is on trial now. We were collectively diminished by the brutal attacks on Israel. We are now all diminished by Israel’s disproportionate and equally brutal response.
How many more lives will have to be taken before our collective conscience is stirred and awakened?
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 30, 2023
India Defends Anti-Terrorism Stance: Condemns Terrorism Universally
India abstained from voting on the Jordan-drafted resolution, which called for a truce in Israel but did not specifically condemn Hamas’s attacks. India did vote in favor of an amendment proposed by Canada that condemned Hamas. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar defended India’s stance, stating that India strongly condemns terrorism, and being consistent in this position is essential. He emphasized that terrorism should be condemned universally, regardless of where it occurs, to maintain credibility on the global stage.