President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan revealed in January this year significantly favors Israel, with a ‘take it or leave it’ deal that leaves the Palestinians completely out of the discussion. It involved a United States-backed annexation plan of the West Bank that may take place as soon as July 1st. The plan also declared that Jerusalem will ‘remain Israel’s undivided capital.’ East Jerusalem, also claimed by Palestine to be the capital of their future state, has been occupied by Israel since the 1967 Middle East War.
Indonesia, a strong supporter of Palestine, has been actively lobbying its partner countries and has used its strategic position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council to garner support for the nation. It has also made the Palestine agenda as part of 4+1 list priorities at the council. On Friday, June 12th, Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno LP Masurdi penned a letter to members of the OIC, UN Security Council, G-77, Non-Aligned Movement, along with other heads of governments and international organizations to take collective condemnation of Israel plans, criticizing Tel Aviv to be “endangering peace and stability” in the region.
With this in mind, what is the future of Palestinian statehood? What can the international community do to stop this illegal occupation and annexation? Moreover, what next steps can Indonesia take to ensure that a peacefully negotiated statehood with Palestine’s consent is still in the picture?
1) H. E. Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia Permanent Representative to the United Nations
2) H.E. Zuhair Al Shun, Palestine Ambassador to Indonesia
3) M. Din Syamsuddin, Chairman of Center for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilizations (CDCC); Chairman of Indonesia-Palestine Friendship Initiative (PPIP)
Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder of Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia