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Splashy, RI US pays billions of dollars if it opens relations with Israel

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Indonesia would receive billions of US dollars if it wants to work to open relations with Israel. Bloomberg US President Donald Trump has pledged additional funding if Indonesia is to relax and join several countries that previously normalized relations.

The media quoted Adam Bohler, managing director of the US-International Development Fund Corporation (TFC). He said in an interview with the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on Monday (12/21/2020) that if Indonesia develops a relationship with Israel, it could double the current billion dollars.

“We are discussing it with them,” Bohler said on Wednesday (12/23/2020).

“If they wish, they are ready. If so, we will be more than happy to support you financially more than us. “

Photo: Adam S. Bohler, CEO of the International Development Fund (IDFC) and Joseph R. Bohler, United States Ambassador to Indonesia. Donovan Jr. on Friday (10/01/2020) at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. (Presidential Press Office / Muslis Jr.)
Adam S. Bohler, CEO of the International Development Fund (IDFC), and Joseph R. Schmidt, US Ambassador to Indonesia; Donovan Jr. on Friday (10/01/2020) at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. (Presidential Press Office / Muslis Jr.)

The United States made the same promise to Oman and Saudi Arabia. However, the value of the financing may be less because CFTs should not invest directly in rich countries.

In fact, there are rumors that RI is considering opening relations with Israel. So said an Israeli diplomatic source, quoted last week by The Times of Israel on Channel 12.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen mentioned Indonesia in an interview about normalizing diplomatic relations on military radio. This was reported by local media, the Jerusalem Post.

However, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Foreign Ministry denied the allegations. When an Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Dee Baisasya was questioned on December 14, he said the Indonesian side had never had any contact with the country.

“Two things can be said here. First, the Foreign Ministry has never negotiated with Israel. Second, by advancing foreign policy, the Foreign Ministry is consistent with the Constitution’s mandate for Palestine, ”Deek said in a statement.

Previously, the Trump administration continued its efforts to bring more Arab and Muslim countries into the Abrahamic Treaty. So far, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco have agreed to normalize with Israel.

So far, Israel and Indonesia do not maintain formal diplomatic relations, but cooperate in trade and tourism. Indonesia also bought weapons from Israel in the 1970s and 1980s.

Indonesian soldiers also briefly trained in Israel. In 1993, Prime Minister Yitzhak Robin met Indonesian President Suharto in Jakarta.

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