The Palestinian Authority was “shocked” at India’s abstention Friday on an anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN Human Right’s Council, the PA’s ambassador to India said Tuesday, recalling the days when Yasser Arafat used to call former Indian premier Indira Gandhi “his sister.”
“We were shocked,” Adnan Abu Alhaija told the Hindu newspaper. “The Palestinian people and the leaders, we were very happy with the UN resolution, but the voting of India has broken our happiness. India is a very special country for us, and its abstention from voting can be termed as a departure from India’s traditional position on Palestine that has remained unwavering since the last seven decades.”
Israel hailed India’s abstention, viewed in Jerusalem as “dramatic” and a sign of the very strong relations between the two countries, especially since the election last year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.