Malaysia urges countries to cut off ties with Israel 

Malaysia has urged other countries, particularly those in the Middle East, to sever diplomatic relations with Israel over its military  Operations in Lebanon.


Malaysia, the current chair of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said it was time that other members of the world's biggest Muslim grouping axed their ties with Israel.


"At present, definitely the view of the international community is that Israel has breached international law," said Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar.


"If that is so, it's only proper for countries with diplomatic relations to cut relations with Israel. Especially countries in the Middle East," he told reporters.


"I would have imagined we should have cut off ties long ago, once there Was an incursion," he said when asked if his message was targeted at the 57-nation OIC.


Malaysia last week hosted a meeting of OIC nations which demanded an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East and warned that boiling anger over the Israeli offensive could launch a new wave of terrorism.


Predominantly Muslim Malaysia does not have diplomatic ties with the Jewish state but has close links with Palestinians, backing their struggle for an independent state.