Zionist might defeat Jokowi`s presidential candidacy: Observer

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The international Zionist network might defeat Joko Widodos presidential candidacy, following his statement during the last presidential candidates debate that he supported Palestines full independence, a political observer said.

"In the history of Indonesian leadership after Soekarno (the first president of Indonesia), only Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi) had bravely acclaimed his support for Palestines complete independence and it was delivered during an official debate," said a political observer from Trisakti Study Center, Fahmi Habsy, here on Wednesday.

As a consequence, Fahmi explained that the Zionist network feared they might be threatened if he wins the presidential election, and possibly will try to defeat his candidacy as the next leader of Indonesia.

Moreover, Fahmi added, Jokowi had mentioned that if he wins the election, his government will open a diplomatic office in Palestine, whether in Ramallah or Gaza, following other 44 countries.

"If this happens, Indonesia will be the first country in ASEAN that has opened a diplomatic office in Palestine," he noted.

According to Fahmi, the Zionist had been trying to discourage Indonesia from opening a diplomatic office in Palestine as they considered the country to be the largest Muslim population in the world.

"They fear that if a diplomatic office is opened in Palestine, it will stimulate a wave of support, particularly from Islamic countries, to push Israel in recognizing Palestines independence and accepting the peace agreement," he pointed out.

Fahmi noted that the Indonesian constitution clearly stated that colonization across the world should be abolished, regardless of race, nation, and religion.

"The colonization and annexation in Palestine were not only confined to Muslims, but also to its Catholic and Christian citizens. As we all know, Palestine is a sacred land for all Abrahamic religions," he added.

Fahmi, who was also known as a pro-Jokowi supporter, said it was time for Indonesia to stand up for Palestines complete independence and Jokowi had initiated this goal.

"We cannot stand on the gray shade in the struggle for humanity to free Palestine. Hence, a small effort to ensure Jokowi wins the presidential election should be taken," he stressed.

Currently, Indonesia has two presidential and vice-presidential candidate pairs, Prabowo-Hatta Rajasa and Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla, who will contest in the July 9 presidential election.

The Prabowo-Hatta duo is supported by the Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra), the Golkar Party, the National Mandate Party, the Prosperous Justice Party, the United Development Party (PPP), and the Crescent and Star Party (PBB), with 292 seats or 52.14 percent of the House of Representatives (DPR) 560 seats.

The Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla duo is supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the National Democrat Party (NasDem), the National Awakening Party (PKB), and the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura), with 207 seats or 36.96 percent in the parliament.(*)