The recent violence between Israel and Palestine creates a challenge for Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei’s covert relationships with Tel Aviv.
While Indonesia and Malaysia remain publicly supportive of Palestine and refuse to establish ties with Israel, both countries have successfully pursued a secret trade and diplomatic relationship with Tel Aviv for decades.
After Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a landmark agreement to normalize relations, it remains unlikely that Malaysia will accept Israel as a state any time soon. But there are promising signs that attitudes are shifting, albeit slowly.
Israeli interests in Singapore have long-supported the Southeast Asian nation in military matters but new opportunities are growing cooperation on technology projects.
Facebook0TwitterReddit0LinkedinemailBy Michel Struharova Although Indonesia has long asserted its support for the recognition of Palestinian statehood, its business ties with Israel have been developing for…