The normally balanced Foreign Policy of the Narendra Modi government took an inexplicable decision to vote against the United States (US) resolution to move its consulate to Jerusalem. At the United Nations (UN), India voted along with 128 other countries in favor of a resolution at the UN General Assembly which opposed and rejected the US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This has not gone down well with the United States President, Donald Trump.
In a letter obtained by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Nikki Haley, the US representative to the UN, wrote that Trump was watching this vote carefully and has requested the names of all those countries that voted against the United States.
What should India have done?
Let us examine the vote a bit further. Of the 184 that voted to oppose Trump’s decision, 128 supported it, 9 opposed it and 35 abstained. With the second largest Muslim population in the world, should India have abstained? Would that not have given a more balanced perspective to the world? The nine countries who stood by the US are Guatemala, Honduras, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, The Marshall Islands, and Togo. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., invited these nations and the 56 that abstained or didn’t show up to the vote to a “friendship” party to be held on January 3. The other countries, roughly two-thirds of the world, however, were threatened with a complete cut-off of U.S. aid prior to the vote and, after the outcome on Thursday, the U.S. announced it would slash $285 million of financial support to the U.N. in 2018.
Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to India
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit India in January 2018. One of the critics of his own government’s decision on this resolution, Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted that Netanyahu’s visit to India will begin on the 14th on January. For the longest time, Dr. Swamy has been a proponent of close relations with Israel.
I had a nice meeting with Israel Ambassador in Taj Mansingh today. On question he told me Israel PM will be here in New Delhi on Jan 14th
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 29, 2017
What has India got from this vote?
Hard to see, except maybe some brownie points from some members of the UN Security Council, in its quest to get a permanent seat. To add insult to injury, Palestine’s envoy to Pakistan shared the stage with terrorist Hafeez Sayeed in a Rawalpindi public rally, condemning India.
I am sure the nation wants to know the “benefit” India got out of voting alongside Pakistan and a whole lot of other countries against the US. India’s External Affairs Ministry has been tightlipped about this decision, presumably because it is going to use this as a bargaining chip with some Islamic countries for some quid-pro-quo in the future. The more things change, the more they appear to be the same.
 Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – India votes against US – Dec 22, 2017, The Indian Express
 Trump wants to know the names of everyone who voted against the US decision – Dec 20, 2017, Newsweek
 UN vote a mild rebuke for Israel but a stinging slap for Trump – Dec 24, 2017, Haaretz
 Israel says 10 more countries to move their consulates to Jerusalem – Dec 26, 2017, Newsweek
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