Palestine stand not decided by third country

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Though some nations maintain consulates in Jerusalem without recognising them as a diplomatic mission to either Israel or Palestine, New Delhi does not have any in the fiercely contested city.

Donald Trump's declaration broke with decades of U.S. policy, set off a wave of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces, and drew sharp criticism from USA allies in the Middle East and beyond.Israel has long considered Jerusalem its capital - which it sees as the ancient capital of the Jewish people - but Palestine equally lay claim to the city. Observers see this as a clear indication that the Indian embassy will continue to remain located in Tel Aviv which is recognised by nearly all countries as Israel's Capital.

The party said the government should disapprove the move in the strongest terms as it goes against India's longstanding commitment to the Palestinian cause.

Hours after India decided not to toe American line on Jerusalem Palestinian ambassador to India Adnan MA Abualhaija informed that Modi will visit Palestine.

He clarified that the state of Palestine without east Jerusalem will not exist and will not be accepted.

Modi's visit to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in July substantially de-linked India's relations with Israel and Palestine.

Indian dignitaries visiting Israel in the past had made it a point to visit Palestine too. It is presumed that Modi could visit Palestine early next year as he plans yet another trip to the Gulf region including UAE next February. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, too, had visited Palestine after touring Israel in January 2016, just as one of her predecessors, S M Krishna, had done in October 2012.

Hours after Trump's announcement, the Narendra Modi-led government on Thursday said its position on Palestine is "consistent". The position may yet again be reiterated when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits India next month.

The Palestininan President was also described then by PM Modi as "an old friend of India".