The UZIs were never popular with the regular units... The Galil (under South African manufacturing) lost to the assault rifle contest to replace the M16A1, the derivative of the FN
-CAL won. Then it lost the police assault rifle contest to the Steyr AUG, and now the AKS74 is the standard for counter terrorist units for assault rifles. The Uzis were long replaced by MP5s...
Our military and intelligence links date back to the Suharto era, when the Parliament didn't hold any real power, let alone with military matters. So they have been by-passed largely until the reforms came after Suharto stepped down. Our use of the military on policing have largely been unsuccessful and caused a lot of grievances, hence it is now reformed and is causing a mess due to the Parliament wanting to dabble into it.
The problem with this UAV purchase, is that it comes under the military's jurisdiction to get them... hence need to be reviewed by the parliament for budgetary approval before it goes to the President. As democratic as it is or not, our parliament is clueless on defence and intelligence, no civilian in public office has experience on these unless they're in BIN, because for over 30 years, this was the realm of the CANS, and NSIS directly under the military.
This is causing a mess, 2 - 3 years back I was discussing this with someone from our Air Force Recconaissance office with regards to UAVs. They clearly see the benefit but they had serious doubts even then that the Parliament would understand. I was given the amounts offered by Israel, the US, Italy, and some other countries, and let's just say Israel provided one of the best options in terms of price, capability, and battlefield support requirements. The US offer was the best in capability, but unfortunately is dependent on the availability of large mobile support infrastructure, and/or the use of US comms assets, which was, out of the question.
This need comes from the lack of airborne surveillance capability in hotspots, and its dissemination of battle assessment to commanders. We devised an alternative (using crude methods) to the UAV and then current methods. The UAV was urgently needed for the conclusion of the Aceh campaign and quelling the sectarian violence in Central Sulawesi, which was feared to attract radicals and terrorists if it was allowed to continue.
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, not enough details were given in that discussion as it was mainly aimed at finding solutions on "what if" the UAVs don't make it.
As to Indonesian-Israeli relations, until 1980, Indonesians needed a special passport if one was to travel to Israel for whatever purpose. I still remember the "Valid for all countries except Israel" stamped on one of the pages. Since 1986, that was gone. Going there nowadays is pretty easy I hear, but needs patience to get the paperwork done. I still don't know how Israelis arrange their travels here though.
Foreigners do not have free travel in this country anyways... Israeli or not. There are regions closed to foreigners (Aceh until 2005), Timor (before it seceded), and Papua are /were classified as "restricted", requiring special permits, other areas are semi-restricted, ie. only tourists are allowed freely, but business visas require further permits... However, the whole of Java, Bali is free for all visas... A lot of Israelis come here under their second passports... it's much easier.
(Hmm, I guess our peacekeeping deployment to Sinai in the 80s was a ploy! LOL)
Coming back to the UAVs, I am not surprised that this time the military wants Israeli equipment and not British or American, I guess this is also because our Military Commander is currently from the Air Force, the branch with a history of Israeli, South African and Soviet links for years.