Israel not averse to ties with Pak: Envoy

Israel has hinted that it is not averse to establishing working relationship with Pakistan, but said this would not be a "detriment" to its ties with India.

New York: Israel has hinted that it is not
averse to establishing working relationship with Pakistan, but
said this would not be a "detriment" to its ties with India.

Tel Aviv and Islamabad have no diplomatic relations,
but the Israeli envoy to India Mark Sofer has said that his
country would welcome having a working relationship with
Pakistan but this would not be at the cost of its close ties
with India.

"This would not be a detriment to our relationship
with India.....It is completely separate," he said.
Sofer backed India`s demand that Pakistan should bring
perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice.

"Israel wants Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of
the Mumbai attacks to justice," he said.

His comments assume significance as an Israeli citizen
Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg was gunned down along with his
pregnant wife, Rivka when Pakistani terrorists attacked the
Chabad House in Mumbai.

While the unborn child was killed, their two-year-old
son was rescued from the attack that killed 166 people.
"India is 100 per cent pushing (Pakistan) in its own
way," Sofer said.

"India has a responsible government and knows what`s
best," Sofer said.

The Israeli envoy also noted that relations between
the countries had not been negatively impacted after India
voted in favour of a Security Council resolution, which
condemned Israeli settlements.

"India`s position on the Middle East is well known,"
he said.

On the issue of Security Council reform, Sofer said
that "a lot of point of views" existed.

Sofer, however, did not directly answer whether Israel
supported a permanent spot for India on a reformed council.
"We are interlocuting with them," he said.

PTI

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