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Indonesia denies normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel in light of the atrocities it commits in Gaza

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry denied an Israeli media report that Indonesia would normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in order to be accepted as a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman strongly denied that there are no plans to open diplomatic relations with Israel, especially in light of the current situation of Israeli atrocities in Gaza.

The official spokesman also stressed that Indonesia’s position has not changed and remains steadfast in supporting Palestinian independence within the framework of the two-state solution, and Indonesia will always remain steadfast, at the forefront of defending the rights of the Palestinian people, in compliance with what the Indonesian Constitution requires.

The American Jewish website “Jewish Insider” published a lengthy report, indicating that Indonesia was on its way to normalizing relations with Israel before the seventh of last October, and that arrangements for this would have been made in the same month in which the Battle of Al-Aqsa Flood began. The report considered that the attacks of the seventh Since October 1, this has been delayed, according to sources who were involved in the talks between the two countries and reported this to the website.
The report also stated that a draft had been agreed upon between Israeli and Indonesian officials, to exchange the opening of commercial offices or liaison offices that also provide consular services, in conjunction with the opening of a commercial office in Ramallah, as a preliminary step to normalizing diplomatic relations. According to the American Jewish website, the announcement was supposed to be About that in October or November of last year, assuming that the reaction would be less if the decision was taken in a close period with other Arab countries embarking on normalization.
The report claims that Andy Wijayanto, who headed the Indonesian National Defense Authority until October 16, met with Israeli officials and a US State Department official in Jerusalem last September, and that they were working on a draft memorandum of understanding between the two countries. The website also published a photo of those who attended one of the meetings. Those meetings.
In recent months, Wijayanto had left the circles of President Joko Widodo and joined the presidential campaign of the Struggle for Democracy Party, which nominated Gangar Pranowo, a different candidate from the one supported by current President Joko Widodo. Al Jazeera Net tried to reach Wijayanto, but we did not receive a response from him until Writing this report.

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