New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him and gave him an update on the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas, which has killed over 1,600 people so far.
PM Modi said he assured Netanyahu that India stands with Israel in “this difficult hour”. He also underscored that India strongly and unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms.
“I thank Prime Minister @netanyahu for his phone call and providing an update on the ongoing situation. People of India stand firmly with Israel in this difficult hour. India strongly and unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” PM Modi posted on X, formerly Twitter.
The message of support is significant because India has, historically, backed the Palestinian cause and has also been moving closer to Israel in recent years. The war has come at a time when India has been positioning itself to play a bigger role in the Middle East, and it will now have to navigate a difficult diplomatic situation.
While the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Italy have issued a joint statement expressing their “steadfast support” for Israel and unequivocally condemning Hamas, many countries in the Middle East have blamed Israel for the current situation.
The conversation between PM Modi and Netanyahu also comes in the backdrop of Palestine’s envoy saying that India is a friend of both Israel and Palestine, and must step in to help resolve the crisis.
In a joint statement, the leaders of U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Italy called Hamas’ actions appalling and warned against any country trying to take advantage of the current crisis in Israel.
“We make clear that the terrorist actions of Hamas have no justification, no legitimacy, and must be universally condemned. There is never any justification for terrorism. In recent days, the world has watched in horror as Hamas terrorists massacred families in their homes, slaughtered over 200 young people enjoying a music festival, and kidnapped elderly women, children, and entire families, who are now being held as hostages,” the statement said.