The UN Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to launch an inquiry into potential violations of human rights by Israel in its conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip — a move Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly labeled a “travesty” […]The council’s inquiry would investigate “all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law” in Palestinian areas. The resolution was drafted by Palestine, and supported by 29 of the 46-member council. The U.S. voted against the resolution, while European countries abstained.
India’s decision to support this resolution reflects a careful balancing act. Israel’s leaders (like all thinking people) hold the UNHRC in healthy contempt. They wouldn’t resent India for casting meaningless votes in a pointless talking shop. For India’s government, on the other hand, supporting the inquiry allows it to appease Muslims and others at home who are offended by the country’s increasingly pro-Israel stance. Moreover, it helps India fool the useful idiots everywhere who think such votes matter. They will come away thinking India remains unaligned with Israel, when, in fact, beneath a PR move like this the links between the two country are getting stronger and stronger.