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by Stephen Lendman
Israel compounds its high crimes by outrageous diplomatic indiscretions.
Last Sunday, it barred Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her high-level delegation from visiting Ramallah in the West Bank – a trip planned for the opening of an honorary consular office and talks with PA officials. 
A Jordanian military helicopter was scheduled to transport her cross-border. Israel blocked it, forcing her to dedicate the consulate’s opening in Amman – another outrageous affront on Tel Aviv’s deplorable rap sheet.
Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir issued a statement, saying “Israel did not grant the overnight permit for the helicopter” cross-border flight, with no further elaboration.
Netanyahu and Israel’s foreign ministry declined to comment. Both countries have no formal diplomatic relations.
Marsudi’s Ramallah visit was blocked for declining to meet with Israeli officials in Jerusalem.
On March 7, at the opening of an Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jakarta, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said international patience for Israel “has long run out.”
“As part of the international community, (it) must immediately stop its illegal activities and policies in occupied territories.”
“Indonesia and the Islamic world are ready to take concrete steps to push Israel to end its colonization of Palestine and its arbitrary actions in al-Quds al-Sharif (Arabic for Jerusalem).”
Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population, greater than any Middle East country. Baring its foreign minister from visiting Palestine give chutzpah new meaning.
Numerous foreign consulates operate in Palestine. It has UN non-member observer state status. Arab country officials routinely visit Palestine without meeting with Israeli officials at the same time.
Affronting officials of any country is unacceptable. Targeting the world’s largest Muslim nation combines arrogance with stupidity.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.