Jakarta, IO – Indonesia condemned the visit by Israel’s National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Jerusalem, Tuesday (3/1).
Indonesian Foreign Ministry (Kemlu) considered the visit a “provocation” that could heighten tension and spark a new cycle of violence in Palestine.
“Indonesia calls on Israel to respect the status quo that has been mutually agreed upon and avoid actions and provocations that harm holy places in Jerusalem,” Kemlu said in an official statement on Thursday (5/1).
The ministry also reiterated the importance of the Palestinian-Israeli peace process based on the principle of a two-state solution according to internationally agreed parameters.
“Indonesia calls on the international community, especially the United Nations, to continue to urge Israel to stop all actions that could affect stability and security in the region.”
Ben-Gvir’s visit, which took place after he discussed it with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week, was widely criticized by many parties.
Other than Indonesia, many Arab and Islamic countries, the U.S., Germany and the UN also blasted the irresponsible and highly provocative action. (un)