Despite angry protests at home over his visit to Israel a top Muslim leader from Indonesia’s 60-million-member Sunni organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, is scheduled to deliver a message of tolerance in Jerusalem.
By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
A leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization is visiting Israel this week, braving angry protests at home in order to spread what he calls a message of interfaith compassion.
Yahya Staquf, secretary general of the 60 million-member Nahdlatul Ulama, a traditionalist Sunni Islam movement, is in Israel to attend the American Jewish Committee’s international conference in Jerusalem.
The world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, and strongly supports the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Calling for official diplomatic relations between the Jewish State & the largest Muslim country, Israel’s Prime Minister personally hosts delegation of Indonesian journalists.
By Israel Today Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week personally hosted a delegation of senior journalists from Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation.
PM Benjamin Netanyahu with visiting delegation of Indonesian journalists in Jerusalem at the Prime Minister’s Office on 28 March 2016. – Photo: Haim Tzach:GPO.png
Official relations between Israel and Indonesia are cold, at best, though the two nations have long maintained quiet trade, tourism and security contacts.
Netanyahu hopes this visit will encourage warmer, more open relations. Continue Reading »
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely tells Arab MK Tibi there is “continuous contact” between Israel & Indonesia, and because their FM blatantly violated a breach of diplomatic code, she wasn’t allowed to enter Israel.
Israel ahs unofficial diplomatic ties with Indonesia, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said, responding Wednesday to a parliamentary question from MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) about Israel denying Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi entry to the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli and Indonesian flags – Photo: ING IMAGE/ASAP
Israel barred Marsudi from visiting her Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Malki in Ramallah and dedicating the first honorary Indonesian consulate in the Palestinian Authority Sunday, because she did not plan to meet with Israeli officials. Continue Reading »