One UN vote can’t change our relations: Netanyahu

RSTV Bureau
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New Delhi.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New Delhi.

Visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dubbed India-Israel relationship as a “marriage made in heaven”. He also said that even though the Jewish state was “disappointed” by India’s vote at the UN against the Jerusalem issue, one negative vote will not affect its ties with India.

“Yes, naturally we were disappointed, but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts forward,” Netanyahu said when asked to comment on India’s vote at UN against the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“I don’t think one vote affects a general trend you can see in many other votes and these visits,” he told ‘India Today’ in an interview.

Last month, India joined 127 other countries to vote in the United Nations General Assembly in favour of a resolution opposing the recent decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The resolution was approved 127-9.

Dismissing India’s vote at the UNGA, Netanyahu said, “First of all, there is a special relationship between the two countries, between their people and then between the leaders. The partnership between India and Israel is a marriage made in heaven but consecrated on earth”.

Hailing Narendra Modi “as a great leader”, Netanyahu said the Prime Minister was “impatient to bring future to his people”.

(With inputs from agencies)