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Jakarta Post

Indonesia opposes US decision to reverse stance on Israeli settlements

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 19, 2019   /  08:13 pm
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For peace and stability: Then-US president Barack Obama speaks during a working dinner with ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the ASEAN-US Summit in California, United States, on Feb. 18, 2016. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stressed the urgency of resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, highlighting that Indonesia had consistently supported the independence of Palestine. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/-)

Indonesia has voiced strong opposition to the United States’ declaration Monday that it will no longer consider Israeli settlements in Palestine illegal. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Tuesday that Indonesia was “very concerned” with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that Washington believed the building of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory was “not inconsistent with international law”. "Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law hasn't worked. It hasn't advanced the cause of peace," Pompeo was quoted by AFP as saying. The announcement is a victory for Israel’s right wing establishment, which has seen waning support with incumbent leader Benjamin Netanyahu unable to form government after two deadlocked elections this year. "Of course ...