Originally posted by AThousandYoungYou have to consider what Israel's relations with "the Muslim world" are. Bear in mind, for instance, that Indonesia - world's biggest predominantly Muslim nation and third biggest democracy blah blah blah - does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. It's a long long road ahead for Israel and the "world" it is in a state of Friction with.
Is Israel endangering it's own security by not helping the Muslim world rise from "developing" to "developed"?
Originally posted by zeeblebotYes, just like I said, the two countries maintain no formal diplomatic ties. I think it is unhelpful to characterize the plight of the Palestinians as nothing more than a 'bugbear'. The Israeli assault on Gaza Dec '08 - Jan '09 was looked upon with absolute horror all around the world - by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. For there to be a certain degree of solidarity between peoples around the world that feel they have a commonality is no great surprise. It could even prove one day to be an asset in the search for peace in the Middle East.
Originally posted by zeeblebotYour apparent contention that the Israel-Palestine problem started in the middle of December 2008 places you way out on the periphery of the efforts to find a solution.
i haven't seen a list of countries who would accept rockets being fired into their country on a regular basis without responding militarily, if capable of doing so.
Originally posted by zeeblebotApparently there were mid- and low-level feelers going out in an effort to bring Indonesia round so that it could actually play a diplomatic role. But the Gaza War blew it all away. The Indonesian Government has emotional and ideology driven domestic factors and factions to contend with at the same time as being under constant pressure from allies like the U.S. to step up to the plate a little.
when Israel released Gaza (prior to Hamas' election), did Indonesia reward them with better relations?