Change and continuity in India’s Palestine policy

Syllabus: GS-II, Subject: International relation, Topic: India’s foreign policy, Issue: India’s Palestine policy

Why in the news: On going Israel-Hamas Conflict.

Evolution of India’s Palestine policy.

  • Opposed the partition of Palestine in 1947, due to our own partition experience.
  • Recognized Israel in 1950 but did not establish full diplomatic relations.
  • During Cold War, consistently supported the Palestinian cause.
  • Despite establishing full diplomatic relations (1992), still supports a two-state solution.

Continuity of balance approach after Hamas attack on Israel:

  • Neither a strong moral critic nor a mute spectator or enabler of Israel.
  • Advocating two-state solution through diplomacy and condemning violence.


  • India’s policy is linked national interest (IMEC)
  • India’s interests in West Asia include an immediate end to the war, restoration of stability, and a permanent resolution to the Palestine question.

Related Concepts:

Two-state solution, proposed framework for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by establishing two states for two peoples: Israel for the Jewish people and Palestine for the Palestinian people.

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