India on Tuesday extended support for a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution calling for Israel's withdrawal from the Golan Heights, a region acquired by Israel from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
India was one of the 91 countries voting in favour of the resolution, which characterizes Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights as a hindrance to achieving a "just, comprehensive, and lasting peace in the region."
This vote reaffirms India's solidarity with the Arab cause in conflicts involving Israel, marking a departure from its previous abstention on a Palestine-backed resolution. The decision to abstain was likely influenced by India's reluctance to condemn the Hamas-led massacre in Israel on October 7.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Bangladesh, calls for Israel's complete withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan to the pre-Six-Day War borders of June 4, 1967. It rejects Israel's de facto annexation of the Golan Heights and the imposition of its laws.
Notably, the European Union, along with various European countries and Japan, chose to abstain from voting. In contrast, the United States, its allies such as Britain, Australia, Canada, and Israel, as well as a few Pacific Island states, voted against the resolution.