Israel's disproportionate use of force on Gaza unacceptable: India
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid also reaffirmed India's commitment to an independent state of Palestine.
New Delhi: In an oblique criticism of Israel's offensive in Gaza, India today said "disproportionate use of force" was completely unacceptable and demanded immediate deescalation of the conflict in the region.
Against the backdrop of criticism that India was muted in its response to the latest conflict in Gaza, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters that "we did say categorically that the disproportionate use of force is
"It is a very sad and tragic escalation of violence that cost the loss of some innocent lives particularly women and children."
He also reaffirmed India's commitment to an independent state of Palestine.
Khurshid said India considers the violence "completely unacceptable and would urge that peace must be restored immediately and whatever efforts were being made for peace and deescalation of violence takes place, India would support categorically."
India expects and hope that "this is what would happen and would want to make it clear that our support to the Palestinian cause remains undiluted," he said.
The Minister said India would reconfirm the support that Palestine deserves an independent sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital and the country was firm on that position.
But at the same time, he said, it was important right now that deescalation takes place and peace returns and that disproportionate use of force that was being inflicted is something that is totally unacceptable.
Mohammed Deif, seriously wounded in an Israeli airstrike in 2003, says Hamas "must invest all resources to uproot this aggressor from our land," a reference to Israel.
Wednesday's decision to pull back from the brink of a full-scale invasion of the Gaza Strip despite the attack, which wounded 15 people, belies Netanyahu's international image as an uncompromising, bellicose hardliner.
Israel is obviously irritated by peace-talks, which they know are nothing but speed-breakers that will stand in for the mirage of lasting solutions.