PM: Australia considering moving embassy to Jerusalem

The new Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a news conference in Canberra Australia Au

Should it fail to win the seat, Morrison's government will lose its one-seat majority in the lower house, meaning it will be forced to rely on the support of minor parties to survive and pass legislation.

Mr. Morrison said Australia remained committed to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while conceding progress has been slow and the results underwhelming, news.com reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had recently spoken to Morrison and welcomed the Australian policy shift.

Instead, he said the move was proposed by Dave Sharma, a former Australian ambassador to Israel who is competing in an upcoming by-election seeking a seat in parliament for Morrison's conservative Liberal Party. "Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked him", a statement from the Netanyahu's office said.

"We will continue to work closely and cooperatively with our allies and our partners all around the world on these issue", Morrison told parliament.

The announcement is causing concern in Indonesia - home to the world's largest Muslim population and Australia's northern neighbour - although not enough to threaten the countries' imminent free-trade deal.

"I hope that Australia would reconsider that decision before it takes such action for election purposes".

Anwar said, Australia should not condone any act that supports injustice and has urged all ASEAN countries to oppose any such move.

The Prime Minister denied the looming by-election in Wentworth, which has a large Jewish community, had any impact on his decision on Australia's shift in approach to Middle East policy, or that his evangelical religious beliefs - a key factor in the shift in USA policy in the region - played any role.




Morrison and Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo planned to sign an agreement this year aimed at boosting trade and investment.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said she had conveyed her country's opposition to such a move to Australia.

Indonesia had also criticised the USA embassy move and warned that it would threaten the peace process.

'The people of Wentworth, and all Australians, deserve a leader who puts the national interest ahead of his self-interest, and governs in the best long term interest of the nation'.

Australia's new prime minister, Scott Morrison said on Tuesday he was open to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and described it as a sensible proposal.

Morrison told reporters that Australia should be open-minded to the idea of relocating the embassy.

George Browning, president of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, accused the government of "aligning itself with the most erratic, reactionary and bullish USA foreign policy ever".

In a strongly-worded statement, Izzar Abdulhadi warned that the embassy relocation would "make Australia a pariah state" and damage "Australia's global standing and. relations with Arab and Muslim-dominated countries".

Australia would be the second major country, after the United States, to make such a move.

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