India Strongly Backs Israel on Iran, President Rivlin Says

Prime Minister Narendra Modi voices support for Israeli policy toward Tehran and speaks against boycott threats to Israel, during the Israeli president's current visit to the Asian subcontinent.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the audience during the swearing-in ceremony of Assam's Chief Minister, Guwahati, India, May 24, 2016.
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President Reuven Rivlin said on a visit to India that New Delhi backs Israeli policy on Iran "more than most other countries."

"We made clear the position of the Israeli government about the threat Iran poses to us and stressed that it's a country that seeks to destroy us," Rivlin said on Sunday. In response, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said of the threat that "it shall not come to pass," Rivlin added.

Rivlin further quoted Modi as saying "we are in good relations with Iran but we still support you in all instances in which international organizations accept absurd resolutions from your standpoint."

"India wants to show anyone in the world who speaks about boycotting Israel that it is not hiding its relationship with us," Rivlin said.

Asked about political controversy over a court ordered evacuation of the settler outpost of Amona, and whether he feared political challenges could pose a threat to the status of the Supreme Court, Rivlin said:

"There is no doubt that if we do not respect the Supreme Court, and don't put the Supreme Court in a place where it dictates the law, that we will wind up in a situation of lawlessness. We must obey it," Rivlin said.