Israel and Indonesia Pay Economic Cost for Chilly Ties

Indonesian protesters during a rally against Israeli attacks on Gaza, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 13, 2014 (AP photo by Achmad Ibrahim).
Indonesian protesters during a rally against Israeli attacks on Gaza, Jakarta, Indonesia, July 13, 2014 (AP photo by Achmad Ibrahim).
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Last weekend, Israel prevented Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi from entering the West Bank to attend the inauguration of the Indonesian Honorary Consul to Palestine in Ramallah, after she refused to pay an official visit to Jerusalem. In an email interview, Emanuel Shahaf, CEO of Technology Asia Consulting and vice chairman of the Israel-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce, discusses Israeli-Indonesian political and economic ties. WPR: What are the extent of Israel’s trade and political ties with Indonesia, and how institutionalized are current informal ties? Emanuel Shahaf: Bilateral trade is nominally valued at around $200 million, with roughly 80 percent made up […]

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