The meeting was held two days before Israel's general election, in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s statement on the plan to annex the west bank in Palestine.
“Indonesia sees a campaign promise made in Israel concerning Israel’s west bank annexation plan as an act of discrediting international law and flagrant violation of UN resolutions,” the ministry's director general for multilateral cooperation said in a press statement released on Monday, September 16, 2019.
According to the Indonesian official, UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution Number 2334 of 2016 explicitly states that UNSC does not acknowledge any changes to the 1967 border line.
Indonesia expected that OIC could call for the international society to support Palestine and not acknowledge the illegal action by Israel. Indonesia also expected such action to be discussed in UNSC.
Febrian also mentioned that Israel’s annexation plan was closely related to legal and humanity issues. Developing settlements in the Palestinian region was a challenge in the negotiation process that might cause human right violations against the Palestinians.
Indonesia asked OIC to prevent Israel’s effort to change the demographic composition in the Palestinian region. Indonesia expected Israel to commit to a two-state solution based on the 1967 border lines, respect Palestinian self-determination right, and the status of East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital city.
The one-day meeting was attended by 8 OIC ministers and agreed on a mutual communique concerning criticism against Israel and support for the Palestinians.