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‘India always stood with Palestine, unfortunate that PM Modi…’: Sharad Pawar

Amid the Israel-Hamas war, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that India always stood for the cause of Palestine.

Addressing a gathering of NCP workers in Mumbai, Pawar said former Prime Ministers of India also “stood firmly with Palestine”.

“We want peace in the world. Now, there is a war going on between Israel and Palestine. The entire land is of Palestine and Israel encroached on their land. That place, land and houses, everything was of Palestine and later Israel took over it. Israel is an outsider and the land is originally of Palestine. After encroachment, Israel was formed.”

“Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee all had the same thoughts about the Israel-Palestine issue. It was always the stand of the Indian government. India never stood with anyone else. India always stood with people who originally owned the land and houses there (Palestine),” he said.

“It is very unfortunate that for the first time, our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) stood with Israel, leaving the real issue over there. He neglected the real issue. We should be clear about our stand. The stand of the NCP should be clear. We stand by the people who originally belonged to that land,” Pawar added.

His statement came days after PM Modi expressed solidarity with Israel and condemned the “terrorist attacks” there.

“Deeply shocked by the news of terrorist attacks in Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with Israel at this difficult hour,” he wrote on X on October 8.

On October 10, PM Modi reiterated his stance after receiving a phone call from his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister said the people of India stood firmly with Israel and expressed strong and unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms.

Edited By:

Sudeep Lavania

Published On:

Oct 15, 2023


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