Penn Political Expert Reacts To US Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israeli Capital

Protesters shout slogans and wave the Jordanian flag during a demonstration near the American Embassy in Amman against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

India on Thursday refrained from reiterating its long-held view that eastern part of the holy city of Jerusalem should be the capital of Palestine even as it declined to toe the United States line to recognise the holy city s the capital of Israel.

India reacted to Trump's announcement by saying its position on Palestine is independent, consistent and not determined by any third country. India's response to Mr. Trump's statement came even as the Palestinian Ambassador to India declared that his country is likely to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi in near future.

He says Israel may find itself pressured to allow more Arabs to become Israeli citizens, since 200,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem.

"Canada is a steadfast ally and friend of Israel and friend to the Palestinian people".

It may be recalled that then President Pranab Mukherjee visited Jordan, Israel and Palestine in 2015.

But New Delhi's growing ties with Israel after the BJP's ascent to power in May 2014 fuelled speculation about India reviewing its position on Palestine.

Alihaij, who was participating in a discussion, said India has been supportive of the Palestinian cause and the two-state solution. They were supporting the Israeli issue.

Similar view were expressed when Modi visited Israel in July. The position may yet again be reiterated when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits India next month.

The party demanded that the "Modi government should come out strongly, disapproving of the United States action, as it goes against India's long-standing commitment to the Palestinian cause".

India with its historical relations with the Ottoman and Persian empires, Iraq and the Gulf, besides Egypt, Morocco and other North African states, have navigated complexities of the Arab World in a rather smooth fashion. This is despite the fact that India now enjoys close strategic ties with both the U.S. and Israel.

New Delhi has traditionally supported the Palestinian cause even as it opened diplomatic ties with Israel in 1992.

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