MIDDLE EAST: ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CRITICIZES INDONESIAN DAILY
Jakarta, 28 July (AKI) - Israeli's ambassador to Singapore, Ilan Ben-Dov has harshly criticized the Indonesian daily 'The Jakarta Post
' for running an editorial against Tel Aviv's role in the Middle East.
The editorial 'Stirring trouble' published on 17 July said that "Israel's anger over the capture of its soldiers is understandable. But to respond with what in effect amounts to state-sponsored terrorism makes Israel as baleful as any sinister regime they claim to be fighting against." On Friday, Ben-Dov said Israel was acting in self-defence.
The current crisis was not only due to the kidnap of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah but also to the constant rocket attacks from the Lebanon-based Shiite militia against Israeli cities near the border with Lebanon, Ben-Dov said.
"This unbalanced approach in your analysis can only ignite more hatred and more prejudice against the state of Israel," the ambassador wrote in a letter to The Jakarta Post
In its editorial, The Jakarta Post
had also written that "if Israel ever needs to ask again why Indonesia is reluctant to open formal ties with it, it only has to look in the mirror and reflect on its recent actions."
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has always refused to entertain diplomatic relations with Israel.