In a world where complexity and diversity are paramount, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has consistently shown a knack for navigating the intricacies of global affairs. From being one of the first leaders to denounce Hamas' October 7 assault on Israel as a terror attack to his recent condemnation of a harrowing strike on a Gaza hospital that claimed 500 lives, his stance remains a testament to his unwavering commitment to global peace.
This eloquent statesman, in a heartfelt social media post, expressed his profound shock at the loss of lives in the hospital attack, extending his deepest condolences to the bereaved families. This display of empathy stands in stark contrast to the ongoing blame game between Israel and Palestine regarding the hospital strike's responsibility.
Even amidst this cacophony of accusations, Prime Minister Modi boldly raised concerns about the civilian casualties resulting from the ongoing conflict, passionately advocating for accountability among those responsible.
The tragic loss of lives at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza deeply shocks us. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the victims' families and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured. Civilian casualties in this ongoing conflict are a matter of grave and persistent concern, and those involved must be held accountable," proclaimed the Prime Minister, disseminating his message on X, the former Twitter.
Notably, this statement coincided with the arrival of U.S. President Joe Biden in Israel, a visit meant to symbolize solidarity with the nation. It's a complex geopolitical dance where diplomatic intricacies are at play.
India's stance, marked by its swift response to Hamas' barrage of 5,000 rockets at Israel within a mere 20 minutes, underscores the depth of Prime Minister Modi's commitment to global stability. In the face of these terrorist attacks, India swiftly expressed its unwavering solidarity with Israel.
In a recent interview with NDTV, Israeli envoy to India Naor Gilon acknowledged India's prompt condemnation of the Hamas terror attacks, affirming that this support secured India a place at the table for resolving the ongoing crisis. He highlighted the depth of trust that Israel places in India, recognizing India's unique understanding of the complex situation.
Numerous Israeli officials echoed their appreciation for India's condemnation of Hamas' attacks, strengthening the growing rapport between India and Israel. They emphasized the warm relationship shared between Prime Minister Modi and his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu.
On October 10, Prime Minister Modi reiterated his steadfast support for Israel, thanking Prime Minister Netanyahu for providing updates on the ongoing conflict. He took to X, previously known as Twitter, to convey, "I thank Prime Minister @netanyahu for his phone call and providing an update on the ongoing situation. People of India stand firmly with Israel in this difficult hour. India strongly and unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."
These messages of support are particularly significant considering India's historical backing of the Palestinian cause. The ongoing war unfolds as India seeks to play a more substantial role in the Middle East, compelling it to walk a diplomatic tightrope.
During a subsequent press conference, the Ministry of External Affairs emphasized that the Prime Minister's comments on the conflict stood independently. When questioned about India's stance on Palestine, spokesperson Arindam Bagchi reiterated India's unwavering support for negotiations leading to an independent state of Palestine coexisting peacefully with Israel.
Our policy with regard to Palestine has been long-standing and consistent. India has always advocated the resumption of direct negotiations towards establishing a sovereign, independent, and viable state of Palestine, living within secure and recognized borders, side-by-side, at peace, with Israel.
That position remains the same," he affirmed. Prime Minister Modi, speaking at the G20 Parliamentary Speakers' Summit in New Delhi, underscored the global imperative for peace and brotherhood. In a world where turmoil and conflicts impact humanity as a whole, he fervently called for a human-centric approach, emphasizing that conflicts and confrontations have no beneficiaries and impact everyone.