Australia reverses recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israeli Occupation

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Published: 2022-10-18 09:52

Last Updated: 2022-12-02 12:07


Australia reverses recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israeli Occupation
Australia reverses recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israeli Occupation

Australia said Tuesday it would no longer recognize West Jerusalem as the Israeli Occupation's capital, reversing a contentious decision by the previous conservative government.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said the city's status should be decided through peace talks between Palestine-Israeli Occupation, and not through unilateral decisions.

"We will not support an approach that undermines" a two-state solution, she said, adding: "Australia's embassy has always been, and remains, in Tel Aviv".

In 2018 a conservative government led by Scott Morrison followed former US president Donald Trump's lead in naming West Jerusalem as the Israeli Occupation capital.

The move caused a domestic backlash in Australia and caused friction with neighboring Indonesia -- the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation -- temporarily derailing a free trade deal.