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In 24 hours, Palestine faces an existential threat

In 24 hours, Palestine faces an existential threat By, Hamid Ansari is the former Vice-President of India, 2007-2017 Context # On June 24, the UN Secretary General António Guterres told a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at a “watershed moment” and that the Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank have alarmed the Palestinians, many Israelis and the international community. # Such annexation would

Israel-Palestine Conflict

Israel-Palestine Conflict Chronology of Israel-Palestine conflict The seeds of the conflict were laid in 1917 when the then British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour expressed official support of Britain for a Jewish "national home" in Palestine under the Balfour Declaration. The lack of concern for the "rights of existing non-Jewish communities" i.e. the Arabs led to prolonged violence. Unable to contain Arab and Jewish violence, Britain withdrew its forc

What is the Iron Dome System?

What is the Iron Dome System? The Iron Dome aerial defence system intercepted a Hamas Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) on Friday that crossed from Gaza into Israel, Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said on social media. Iron Dome is a multi-mission system capable of intercepting rockets, artillery, mortars and Precision Guided Munitions like very short-range air defence (V-SHORAD) systems as well as aircraft, helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) over short ranges of up to 70 km.

India's stand on Israel Palestine Conflict

India's stand on Israel Palestine Conflict India called for an immediate de-escalation of the situation between Israel and Palestine at the first public United Nations Security Council meeting held since the current surge in hostilities between the two parties entered its seventh day, killing at least 149 people in Gaza and 10 in Israel, including many children. “Immediate de-escalation is the need of the hour, so as to arrest any further slide towards the brink. We urge both

India’s Policy on Israel-Palestine conflict

India’s Policy on the Israel-Palestine conflict At the United Nations Security Council on Sunday, India, a non-permanent member, reaffirmed its support for Palestine but stopped short of making any direct reference to the status of Jerusalem or the future Israel-Palestine borders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday tweeted the national flags of 25 countries, from the United States to Albania, that he said were “resolutely standing with Israel and suppor

What did Israel achieve in Gaza?

What did Israel achieve in Gaza? After 11 days of airstrikes on and rocket attacks from Gaza, Israel and Hamas agreed to an Egypt-mediated ceasefire. What were the goals? During the course of the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there were two ways to deal with Hamas — one, to conquer Hamas and the other to establish deterrence. The Prime Minister said his aim was “forceful deterrence”, but conquering was “an open possibility&rdqu

Palestine - Israel Ceasefire

Palestine - Israel Ceasefire Recently, there was a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine following three days of fighting that claimed the lives of hundreds of people in both nations. Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli police erupted at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque earlier this year as well. Recent conflict Since Israel and Hamas engaged in an 11-day conflict last year, the violence between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza has deteriorated significantly. As

Israel - Hamas Deal

Recently, the mediation efforts facilitated by Qatar, Egypt and the United States between Israel and Hamas resulted in an agreement for a humanitarian pause for 4 days, subject to extension. Deal – 50 hostages could be freed in return for 150 Palestinian women and teenagers in Israeli detention. Israeli warplanes would not fly over southern Gaza for 6 hours each day. Each day of the pause, Israel and Hamas will receive lists of the hostages and prisoners 

BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) Movement

It is a Palestinian-led campaign that uses economic pressure to delegitimize Israel. It is a loosely connected network of Palestinian civil society groups coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee. The BDS movement aims to create a world without a Jewish state. The movement was launched in 2005 by more than 170 Palestinian groups to garner international support for Palestinian people’s rights.

G20 Summit on Israel-Palestine Conflict

Against the backdrop of the Israel-Hamas conflict, Prime Minister of India chaired a virtual summit of G20 leaders recently.

Operation Al-Aqsa Flood

Operation Al-Aqsa Flood was the name given to the 2023 Hamas attack on Israel. The operation was motivated by Israeli aggression and occupation, and the treatment of Palestinians. The attack was also a response to recent violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Ceasefire in Gaza

India and 152 other members vote overwhelmingly at U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) to demand a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza recently. The vote in the 193-member world body was 153 in favor, 10 against (includes US and Israel) and 23 abstentions. The resolution is non-binding but it serves as an indicator of global opinion. UNGA is one of the 6 principal organs of the United Nations and the main policy making body of UN that votes on the decision that orga


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