Under 'Prime Minister' Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia is expected to open up its embassy in Tel Aviv, and of course the Israel administration will reciprocate happily.
After Singapore, Kuala Lumpur will play host to the Jews diplomatic mission. Oppss... not Jews, we don't hate the Jews but the atrocity of their government on the Palestinians.
We used to criticise Singapore for its diplomatic relation with Israel. Anwar, as our Deputy Prime Minister then, had also lambasted the Republic for going against Asean's ZOPFAN (Zone of Peace, Peace and Neutral).
When I joined him on his Manila trip in 1997 (for his Jose Rizal award), that was part of his gist of talks - that no country should recognise the state of Israel until Tel Aviv reciprocates in recognising a free Palestine.
He was another Rizal then, avowing support for the cause of Palestine and the freedom of its people to decide on their own future.
The majestic Manila Hotel where we (journalists and his entourage) stayed was specially booked for Anwar and us. Yes, the Filipinos do look up at him, then and now. Former President Estrada too is supporting him. What a good and loyal friend he is.
This 'Rizal' used to chide at Singapore for becoming 'a friend' of Tel Aviv. In fact, when Singapore engage Israeli advisers and trainers for its armed forces, he was quick to use his 'renaissance slogan' on the Republic, how Lee Kuan Yew was not sensitive over Asean standpoint and the Palestinians.
Malaysia has always refrained from having any ties with Israel. As long as the Israel-Palestine dispute is not amicably settled, there is no haggling about it.
But Anwar's relation with Singapore has taken a positive turn ever since he was expelled from Umno and sent to jail in about 13 years ago. His adverse perception about the Republic was fast diminishing. And today, he is a 'buddy' for Singapore.
I am not sure why he (and some of his friends in Pakatan Rakyat) love going to the Republic of late but there is already a sign that Singapore too wanted to see 'changes' in Putrajaya. That change is in Anwar.
Now, Anwar is willing to change his stand about Israel. When he told WSJ that he supports all effort to protect the security of Israel, I guess he sounds more like an American rather than a Malay or a Malaysian.
I personally believe Israel has every rights to safeguard its security but whenever it is achieved on the destruction of others - just like how the Americans destroyed Iraq for its bluff and anti-terrorism campaign - then it is not fair.
How does Anwar define 'security' in the Israel-Palestine context?
I am not surprise that Malaysians, especially the Muslims' sensitivity about Israel will not be taken into account if he gets to Putrajaya. As he is already linked with some Jews organisations worldwide, an Embassy of Israel will be well in place in KL. The location could be the land behind the US Embassy... by chasing out the Libyans!