Other probable factors included the US’ ‘hands off’ stance towards the Middle East and the Covid-19 pandemic plaguing countries around the world, including Israel.
“I am sure that international pressure played a role in delaying [Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank],” Retno said. “The international community must remain united to bring about the two-state solution.”
However, the career diplomat warned that Indonesia and other countries supporting Palestine still have their work cut out for them. “Palestine is still oppressed in a de facto manner. This is seen in the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”
Retno added that Indonesia will continue to call on the international community to enforce UN resolutions to thwart Israeli plans to annex the West Bank. Indonesia has supported Palestine’s bid for independence for over 70 years.
(Writer/Editor: Dani Prabowo)
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