“Our claim is freedom of Palestine, not part of Palestine. Any plan that partitions Palestine is totally rejected,” says Khamenei. “Palestine spans from the river [Jordan] to the [Mediterranean] sea, nothing less.”
India, who has always supported Palestine, has had an historically pro-Arab position partly due to the fact that India has a huge Muslim population which empathized with the Arab world, and viewed Israel with suspicion and distrust. But Muslim influence was not the only reason for India’s pro-Palestine stance, as reported by Al Jazeera’s Ramananda Sengupta in “India’s Israel-Arab Tightrope Walk.”
Initially China, the first non-Arab state to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), refused to recognise the State of Israel. Public support for the PLO became the crux of China’s policy towards the Arab world.
However, in the 1980s, China’s Palestine policy changed. Israel became Beijing’s major supplier of technology, and China suddenly acknowledged “Israel’s right to security and existence.” Moreover, the historical Tiananmen Square incident, and resulting isolation of the Chinese state, encouraged China to establish formal relations with Israel in 1992.
But today, China’s interest in improving its image in the Muslim world as well as its “long-term desire” to obtain strategic parity with the United States is leading China to support Palestine’s attempt to, once again, gain recognition in the UN – as reported by Al Jazeera’s Nima Khorrami Assl.
CNN interviews Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren about Palestine’s bid for statehood, and U.S. relations with Israel.
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