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Facing “systematic” pressure to recognize Israel, Indonesia stands firm in support of Palestine: FM

JAKARTA: Indonesia will continue to support Palestine despite systematic pressure from Israel and its allies to normalize ties with Tel Aviv, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Monday.

Jakarta does not have diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv and has been one of the most vocal supporters of Palestine since the start of Israel’s assault on Gaza in October. The Indonesian government has repeatedly called for an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and a two-state solution based on pre-1967 borders.

Speaking to students at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta on Monday, Marsudi highlighted the “deteriorating situation” in the besieged enclave – where more than 36,400 Palestinians have been killed – and said Israel is “strategically and systematically working to end” Palestine.

“Israel and its allies are systematically working to … lobby and pressure Muslim countries to start thinking about opening and normalizing ties with Israel,” she said.

In April, viral Israeli media reports claimed that Jakarta was planning to establish diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv as part of a deal to facilitate Indonesia’s entry into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

But Indonesia’s foreign ministry quickly dismissed the claims at the time, saying the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country would remain steadfast in its defense of Palestine.

Indonesia, one of Palestine’s staunchest supporters, was among the 78 countries that first recognized Palestine in 1988. It sees Palestinian statehood in accordance with the country’s constitution, which calls for the end of colonialism.

Indonesia will continue to support Palestine on the international stage, Marsudi said, including pushing for an immediate and permanent ceasefire and calling on Tel Aviv to comply with an International Court of Justice order to halt its military offensive in the southern Gaza city. Rafah.

Israeli ground and airstrikes have destroyed most of Gaza’s civilian and medical infrastructure over the past eight months, injuring more than 82,000 people and leaving thousands still missing under the rubble.

The Israeli army has also blocked the supply of water, food and aid to the territory, bringing more than 2 million residents to the brink of starvation.

“Indonesia has consistently supported universal principles and values ​​to continue to support the nation of Palestine. Consistency in adopting these principles is not easy. It’s really not easy to maintain this principle in today’s messy world full of pressures and promises of transactions here and there,” said Marsudi.

“But thank God that up until this moment the Indonesian government has been able to remain steadfast and consistent in defending the nation of Palestine… We have a duty to defend justice and humanity because it is in accordance with the mandate of our 1945 constitution.”

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