PARIS CONFERENCE FOR PALESTINE
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- Post 18 January 2017
- By Maryati/Ani Hasanah
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Tomorrow, on January 20, 2017 will be a historic day for the United States, as Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the US. Instead being pleased that Trump become President, Palestine is worried even angry, because if Trump remained on his promise, the US will open its embassy in Jerusalem. For Israel it became one of the strong supports to control East Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinians as their future capital. Donald Trump himself seems to play games in the issue of Jerusalem. Opening an embassy in Jerusalem to please Israel hardliner and still maintaining the embassy in Tel Aviv to calm the countries supporting the Palestinians.
France which supports Palestine as a state, rushed to hold an International Conference on Palestine, on Sunday (January 15th) attended by delegates from 70 countries, including Indonesia. Unfortunately, like in the previous Paris Conference, Israel still refused be present. According to French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault (read Mark Jang Ayro), the conference in Paris agreed on a map of the Palestinian border in 1967. At that time, Israel has not occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Although many countries attended, this conference was not binding and only advised the Palestinians and Israel to negotiate directly.
Israel today is like getting the upper hand because Trump openly supports Israel, in contrast to the previous US president, Barack Obama. Then, Israel was angry because Obama did not support an expansion of areas in the Palestinian territories. American-Israeli bilateral relations during Obama was the worst. Indonesia which always supports Palestine, remained in its position of a two-state solution. At the Paris conference, the support was reaffirmed by Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir. Palestine also continues to ask Indonesia’s help, especially in rallying support from Pacific countries that tend to be pro-Israel. This is an opportunity for Indonesia to prove its support to Palestine through diplomacy to neighboring countries.