Beyond Symbolism

Last week in New York, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa cast Indonesia’s vote in favor of Palestine’s bid for non-member state observer status. After the vote — which favored Palestine 138 to nine, with 41 abstentions — he told the press that the upgrade of Palestine’s status in the UN righted a historic wrong and would increase the momentum of the peace process between Israel and Palestine.

It was vindication for Indonesia, which campaigned hard for the Palestinian bid.

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