Israel strikes Hamas in Gaza, calling attack response to rocket fire


India, the USA, the UK, France, Germany and Japan were among the 28 countries that voted in favour of the resolution, which was opposed by China, Pakistan, Egypt, Morocco and Russian Federation.

A statement by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that "Shahed" claims to be dealing with human rights and humanitarian issues, but in practice it is a "terrorist organisation" and operates as "an arm of the Hamas terror organisation" based in Lebanon. "India was the first country to support us amongst the Asia group, so we are very happy", she added.

The Council chose to return the NGO's application as the organisation failed to present important information when its credentials were being considered during the Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations earlier this year, according to a record of the meeting on the United Nations website.

Friedman's comments elicited outrage from Palestinian officials who said they are considering filing a complaint against Friedman at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Israeli security establishment, most major American Jewish organizations and pro-Israel members of Congress support the idea of two states, the forum said.

India's position on the Middle East Peace Process has been consistent and clear.

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Israel believes that Shahed has ties with Hamas, a global terrorist organisation. "Thank you #India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of terrorist organization "Shahed" to obtain the status of an observer in #UN".

In an interview with The New York Times over the weekend, Friedman, a staunch supporter of Israeli settlement building, declined to say how Washington would respond if Israel moved to unilaterally annex West Bank land after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to take the action in the run-up to April's nationwide elections.

"IDF combat jets attacked an underground terrorist network at a military compound of the Hamas terrorist organization in the southern Gaza Strip", the military confirmed on Twitter, reiterating that it will act decisively against any attempts to harm Israeli citizens.

The Committee on NGOs reviews new applications for consultative status twice a year, in January ('regular session') and in May ('resumed session'). In most cases, ECOSOC decides to approve the recommendations made to it by the NGO Committee.