Is it true that Indonesia is normalizing with Israel to become an OECD member

Is it true that Indonesia is normalizing with Israel to become an OECD member

Is it true that Indonesia is normalizing with Israel to become an OECD member. The Indonesian government has dismissed the issue of Indonesia normalizing diplomatic relations with Israel in order to be accepted as a member of the organization for economic cooperation and development or OECD. The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that Indonesia’s position has not changed and remains firmly in support of Palestinian independence.

“There are no plans to open diplomatic relations with Israel, especially amidst the current situation of Israeli atrocities in Gaza.” said foreign ministry spokesperson Muhammad Iqbal on Thursday 11 April 2024.

Previously, news circulated that Indonesia had agreed to normalize relations with Israel. As a reward for being able to join the OECD, a number of Israeli media reported that the agreement had been reached through secret talks for 3 months between Jakarta and Tel Aviv. According to OECD Secretary General Matias Korman and according to an unidentified Israeli official, the normalization of relations between Indonesia and Israel will mark a significant change amidst high anti-Israel sentiment, due to its military attack on the Gaza Strip.

The normalization of relations will also end Israel’s rejection of Indonesia’s membership application to the OECD. Meanwhile, Indonesia is the first country in Southeast Asia and the third in Asia to achieve Open for accession discussion status to become a full member of the OECD.

However, Indonesia’s membership process in the OECD will take quite a long time. The Roadmap for Indonesia’s membership in the OECD is planned to be adopted next May. And Indonesia has to prepare many things in the process of accession to the OECD. A total of 38 member countries review candidate countries in depth from various aspects, before being accepted as new members. This process can take 5 to 7 years.