Aus­tralia recog­nises Jerusalem

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - AAP

THE Mor­ri­son govern­ment will for­mally recog­nise West Jerusalem as Is­rael’s cap­i­tal, while promis­ing to even­tu­ally recog­nise a Pales­tinian state with a cap­i­tal in East Jerusalem.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son was to an­nounce the for­eign pol­icy shift in a speech to the Syd­ney In­sti­tute late yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing months of spec­u­la­tion.

The govern­ment will recog­nise East Jerusalem as Pales­tine’s cap­i­tal only af­ter a set­tle­ment has been reached on a two-state so­lu­tion.

Also, it is un­der­stood, the Aus­tralian em­bassy won’t be moved from Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem un­til such a time.

While the em­bassy move is de­layed, the govern­ment will in the mean­time es­tab­lish a de­fence and trade of­fice in Jerusalem.

It will also start look­ing for an ap­pro­pri­ate site for the em­bassy.

“The Aus­tralian govern­ment has de­cided that Aus­tralia now recog­nises West Jerusalem, as the seat of the Knes­set (Is­rael’s leg­isla­tive body) and many of the in­sti­tu­tions of govern­ment, is the cap­i­tal of Is­rael,” Mr Mor­ri­son was to say in his speech.

The con­sid­er­a­tion sparked back­lash from In­done­sia and Malaysia, threat­en­ing a free trade deal which has now been de­layed, although the Mor­ri­son govern­ment in­sists the de­lay was due to other rea­sons.

Fol­low­ing the pre-Went­worth elec­tion com­ments, Malaysia warned mov­ing the em­bassy could fuel ter­ror­ism.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son

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