Israel wants India to back UN resolution on ‘Iran attacks’


In what may put New Delhi in a spot, Israel has asked India to help sponsor a resolution against Iran in the United Nations Security Council condemning Monday's attack on one of its diplomats in Delhi, as well as the incidents in Tblisi and Bangkok.

It is learnt that Israel's ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz raised this with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday after Tel Aviv filed a formal complaint against Iran to the United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. India, which is also a UNSC member, has conveyed it will look into the matter.

Israel wants this complaint to be followed up by a UNSC resolution that condemns these incidents and specifically censures Iran. Israeli authorities claim that Iran and the Hezbollah were behind these attacks, alleging that "international terrorism is a pillar of Iran's foreign policy".

New Delhi is not prepared to be part of any resolution which names Iran without specific evidence corroborating these allegations. An Israeli forensics team joined Indian investigators today to collate material evidence. South Block feels that despite the statements from Bangkok, there is no "clinching evidence" against Iran yet.

There is a gap in the political conversation between both sides. Tel Aviv has urged New Delhi to treat Monday's incident as an attack against India, not just Israel. But India does not want to get drawn into what it sees as a fight between Israel and Iran. Matters get complicated when parallels are drawn with Pak-sponsored terrorism. Israel, which has supported India on terror issues at every forum, feels that both countries are victims and should stand in solidarity.

In its complaint to the UN Secretary General, Israel has taken exception to the fact that the UNSC is yet to condemn the incident.

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