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Israel starts site to spur dialogue with Muslims
12/18/2006
Israel's Foreign Ministry on Monday launched a Web site in the Indonesian language in an effort to promote dialogue with citizens of the world's most populous Muslim country. The site includes news articles as well as information on the Israeli economy, culture and religion. The Indonesian site is part of continuing efforts by Israel to engage Muslim nations. Indonesia and Malaysia, the two Southeast Asian countries with predominantly Muslim populations have refused to consider diplomatic relations with Israel. "Although we are living in the information age, there is a lack of basic information about Israel in the Muslim world," Ilan Ben Dov, Israel's ambassador to Singapore, said in a statement about the launch of the Web site. On the Net: Israel-Indonesia: http://jakarta.mfa.gov.il
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