As normalization talks between Jerusalem and Jakarta continue, a delegation from Indonesia visited Israel in recent days to learn about its COVID-19 response.
The delegation included Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management and National COVID Task Force head Suharyanto. The visit was first reported by Army Radio.
In October 2020, New York-based businessman Joey Allaham and Indonesian Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan donated 15,000 units of Taffix, the Israeli-made anti-COVID-19 nasal spray, to Indonesian healthcare workers and military personnel.
Last year, two Indonesian hospitals were in talks with Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer to work in several areas, including cardiology, pediatrics and infectious diseases.
Last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken brought the topic up with his counterpart in Jakarta.
Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto met with National Security Adviser Eyal Hulata at a conference in Manama last November, and he was seen speaking with Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Bahrain, Itay Tagner, at the same event. After the photo was published, Subianto issued a statement, saying it was not prohibited for him to speak to Israeli officials when it is in the national interest.
Subianto, who plans to run for president of Indonesia in 2024, views Jerusalem as a stop on the way to better relations with Washington, a source with knowledge of the matter said. He cultivated his relationship with Israel through agriculture and food-security cooperation.