Israel has banned Malaysian officials from entering Israel or passing through it to occupied Palestinian territories in retaliation for anti-occupation remarks made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad.
Israeli Foreign Minister said that the Malaysian diplomats would not be allowed to enter Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Malaysia is a state headed by an anti-Semitic leader,” a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official said, according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
Every year, about 40,000 Malaysian and Indonesian nationals are allowed to enter Israel, the Foreign Ministry official said.
He noted that these would continue to be allowed admittance, but “the Malaysian diplomats will not be able to come. When they change their policy, we will change ours.”
In late October, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad announced that his country is to open an accredited embassy to Palestine.
“We know that Israel will not allow Malaysia to open an embassy in the Occupied Territory. As such, we will open the embassy in Jordan,” Mohammad announced.