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Indonesia Has Great Bargaining Power to Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian War


Jakarta – In the Moya Institute webinar with the theme “Palestine-Israel Conflict: Opportunities for Resolution”, Former Indonesian Ambassador to Ukraine Yuddy Chrisnandi revealed that Indonesia’s real action in resolving the Israeli and Palestinian war is being awaited by the world.

“The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates do not have as much bargaining power as Indonesia in voicing the interests of Muslims,” ​​said Yuddy.

If all Muslims in Arab countries were gathered into one, continued Yuddy, they would still not be able to match the number of Muslims in Indonesia. This portfolio is what makes Indonesia’s role anticipated in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, compared to Arab countries whose stance is unclear.

Another resource person in the webinar, the Chancellor of Jenderal Achmad Yani University, Prof. Dr. Hikmahanto Juwana said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was qualified as a war criminal for his actions in attacking Gaza, Palestine.

But the problem is that Israel is not a party to the Rome Statute (1998), which allows him to be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

According to him, it could also be through another mechanism, namely a Security Council (DK-PBB) resolution. The UN Security Council could actually issue a resolution mandating the ICC to try Israeli leaders.

“But, in the future, the US will definitely veto this at the UN Security Council, so the world body will actually be like a ‘toothless tiger’,” he said.

Hery Sucipto, Executive Director of the Moya Institute also expressed deep concern and anger at the humanitarian tragedy that occurred in Gaza.

Moreover, more than 50 percent of the victims of Israeli attacks were babies and children. And this is the largest number of victims since the 2000 Intifada.

“Because of this, the Moya Institute took the initiative to hold this webinar to analyze developments that have occurred, read about possible potential solutions, including reviewing possible steps that Indonesia can take to play a more active role in efforts to create peace between Palestine and Israel,” he said.

At that moment, the General Secretary of PP Muhammadiyah, Prof Abdul Mu’ti, also explained the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from several dimensions.

The first dimension is the theological dimension. Abdul Mu’ti stated that this conflict was caused by the theological claims of the Zionists who view the land of Palestine as the land of their ancestors.

However, continued Mu’ti, the second dimension, namely politics, was also strong in the Israeli-Palestinian war. Therefore, Muhammadiyah considered a political solution more suitable to resolve the war.

“And a two-state solution or a two-state solution is the most logical solution for resolving the conflict between the two nations, because according to the Israeli people they also have the right to live in that area, it’s just that so far they have been occupying Palestinian land, which is considered colonialism. ” explained Mu’ti.

On the other hand, Prof. Imron Cotan, an observer of strategic and global issues, believes that there are fundamental differences between Jews and the Zionist movement. Jews are generally good, because they have similar religious rules with Islam.

Meanwhile, Zionism is a political movement that wants the formation of a Jewish state on Palestinian land, rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state. And now these Zionists are in power in the Israeli government through the extreme right group led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Therefore, it is not surprising that some time ago one of the Israeli Ministers, Amihay Eliyahu, stated that it would be better if a nuclear bomb were dropped on Gaza. “Even though the casualties on the Palestinian side have reached 12,000, half of them are babies and children,” he said.

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