A Breakthrough is Needed to Solve Palestine – Israel Conflict
Chairperson of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, Fadli Zon at a webinar under the Theme “Against Israel’s Annexation of the Palestinian Territory”, at parliamentary compound, Senayan, Jakarta, on Friday (10/7/2020). Photo : Abu/Man
Chairperson of the Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia, Fadli Zon, stated that a breakthrough is needed to solve Palestine-Israel conflict, especially the one that can force Israel to comply with the global regulations. It can be done by exerting stronger pressure on Israel by enforcing political, economic, and social isolation at the regional and global levels.
“In implementing our constitutional mandate, the Palestinian issue is the concern and aspirations of most of Indonesian people. Palestine is one of the countries that recognized our independence right from the start,” explained Zon in a webinar under the theme “Against Israel’s Annexation of the Palestinian Territory”, at parliamentary compound, Senayan, Jakarta, on Friday (10/7/2020).
The politician from the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party said that the Indonesian House, in this regard BKSAP, initiated an idea of making a joint statement in responding to the latest Israel’s annexation plan of Palestinian territory. According to the latest news, the annexation has been delayed.
“It (the Joint Statement) has been signed by 242 Members of Parliaments, including the US, the UK, Middle East Countries, and some Speakers of Parliaments. We hope this is a part of parliamentary diplomacy to conduct a campaign against the Israel’s annexation in a more global scope. The European Union also strongly opposes the plan. I am sure this will contribute to putting more pressure on Israel’s plan,” expressed Zon.
BKSAP of the Indonesian House has been exercising international diplomacy in world parliamentary forums. Regarding Palestine, he said, everyone is of the same view. All elements of society in Indonesia, including parliament, want to fight for the rights of Palestinians.
“The Palestinian issue and the Israeli annexation plan are not the first to happen. This annexation has been going on for decades since 1948, and there was also a-six-day war. Israel has gradually annexed Palestine and Palestinian territorial area has undergone transformation as it is becoming shrinking,” he explained.
Zon said that the Palestine-Israel agreement that had long been negotiated seemed to be countered by Israel by enforcing various latest treaties. “Israel never has good intention to negotiate and make peace. Especially since the current regime, which is from the right wing, is in power,” he stressed.
Regarding the UN credibility, Zon continued that as intergovernmental institution, especially the Security Council, the UN veto often saved Israel from global sanctions. “The demand on UN reforms, especially on its Security Council to be more democratic and accommodating must indeed be part of our diplomacy struggle,” he concluded.
Also speaking at the webinar were the Director General of Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Febrian A. Ruddyard, the Middle East Specialist at the University of Indonesia, Yon Machmudi, and Civil Society, Friends of Al Aqhsa, Dzikrullah. The event was moderated by the Vice Chairperson of BKSAP, Mardani Ali Sera.