Prime Minister Scott Morrison has indicated that he is open to relocating the Australian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
- Scott Morrison said he was open to the idea of relocating the embassy after talking to the embassy Wentworth candidate of the Liberal Party
- Nearly 13 percent of Wentworth's constituents are Jewish
- The government must win the seat to retain its single-seat majority in the lower house
The move would follow the United States The decision of the US government angered the Palestinians and other Middle Eastern nations, because one day the Palestinians became their own capital Want to found Jerusalem.
Mr. Morrison's announcement followed talks with the Liberal Party's candidate for the Wentworth by-election this weekend, former ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma
Mr. Morrison's move to move is in contrast to the position of former PM Malcolm Turnbull, who said that US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital would not change Australia's business in the region.
Former Secretary of State Julie Bishop also opposed the idea, despite strong support for a change from the party base.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly thanked Morrison for thinking about the move and tweeting that he had spoken with his Australian colleague.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tweet: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today spoke with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is considering officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocating the Australian embassy to Jerusalem, PM Netanyahu thanked him for his remarks, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Australian Prime Minister Morrison also discussed steps to further strengthen bilateral relations. "
PM remains firm on two-state solution
Morrison will today publish a foreign policy statement on Israel, but does not change the government's position in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He is expected to announce a strengthening of security relations with Israel by placing defense attachés in each other's messages and also considering an investigation into whether Australia should give up its support for the Iranian nuclear treaty, from which the US relinquishes itself have withdrawn.
Mr. Morrison's announcement coincides with a decision to vote against a UN resolution to recognize the Palestinian Authority next year as chairman of the G77 group of states.
The prime minister was convinced that the transfer of the embassy after talks with Mr. Sharma would be considered.
Mr. Sharma has expressed his support for a message of embassy if this could be done within the Australia-supported two-state solution.
At the 2016 census, Jews made up about 12.5 percent of the residents of Wentworth, a seat vacated by Turnbull's resignation.
Labor said earlier that the US Embassy's move to Jerusalem had not helped the peace process in the region.
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