Indonesia Rejects US Policy Shift on Illegal Israeli Settlement
Date 20 November 2019
The Indonesian Government has firmly rejected the United States’ statement on the construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Palestine.
“This statement clearly contradicts the international laws and various resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),” Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said after accompanying President Joko Widodo to receive a Singapore Parliament delegation, at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (20/11).
Indonesia, Retno added, has consistently opposed Israel’s actions in building illegal settlements in the Palestinian territories. “The construction of illegal settlements is de facto annexation and is a barrier to peace efforts in realizing a two-state solution,” she said.
For this reason, Retno said, Indonesia urges the international community to unite and continue to provide support for the struggle of the Palestinian people.
Earlier, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his statement on Monday (18/11) local time stated that after carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, the US government agreed that the construction of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank was not, in essence, inconsistent with international law. (MAY/RAH/ES)
Translated by : Fairuzzamani Inayatillah
Reviewed by : M. Ersan Pamungkas