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December 23, 2020 10:24 am

US Could Increase Indonesia Aid by Up to $2 Billion If It Normalizes Ties With Israel: Report

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Yahya Cholil Staquf, secretary general of the 60-million member Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization, at his office in Jerusalem. Photo: Haim Zach/GPO.

i24 News – The US administration offered to increase the development aid Indonesia receives by up to $2 billion if it normalizes its ties with Israel, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

The agency cited Adam Boehler, CEO of the US International Development Finance Corporation, as saying the offer had been extended to Jakarta by the administration of US President Donald Trump in a bid to promote Israel’s normalization in the Muslim world.

“If they’re ready, they’re ready, and if they are then we’ll be happy to even support more financially than what we do,” Boehler told Bloomberg.

Boehler was speaking in Jerusalem, where he arrived with top White House advisor Jared Kushner to head to Morocco as part of a joint US-Israeli delegation.

The Trump White House is eyeing opportunities for more diplomatic victories in the final weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population, with almost 90% of its population identifying as Muslims, according to Statista.

Oman was also speculated to be the next in line to join the normalization push brokered by the Trump administration, with hopes also high for Saudi Arabia — with sources saying, however, that this was unlikely under King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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