Australia Foreign Minister Penny Wong released a statement to the press yesterday, revoking recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The press release, entitled Reversal of recognition of West Jerusalem, states, “Today the Government has reaffirmed Australia’s previous and longstanding position that Jerusalem is a final status issue that should be resolved as part of any peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian people. This reverses the Morrison Government’s recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Australia’s embassy has always been, and remains, in Tel Aviv.”
Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia will no longer recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
It reverses a decision by the Morrison Government in 2018 to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, following the Trump Administration’s embassy relocation. pic.twitter.com/OBPTVRbM8i
— Tina Quinn (@TinaMQ) October 18, 2022
As a true friend of Israel, former Prime Minister Scott Morrison recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2018. Unfortunately, he never committed to moving the embassy, still situated in Tel Aviv, today. Wong’s press release suggests support for Jerusalem as the capital of a future Arab state. “Australia is committed to a two-state solution in which Israel and a future Palestinian state coexist, in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders. We will not support an approach that undermines this prospect.”