Australia recognises West Jerusalem as capital of Israel

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as capital of Israel

"The policies of this Australian administration have done nothing to advance the two-state solution", Erekat said in a statement, stressing the Palestinian view that the holy city remains a final-status issue in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which have run aground.

Israel and Bahrain do not have diplomatic relations, but are said to have solid clandestine ties.

In a speech, he said: "The Australian authorities has decided that Australia now recognizes west Jerusalem, because the seat of the Knesset and most of the institutions of presidency, is the capital of Israel".

Despite the vote, the USA went ahead with the embassy transfer on May 14, triggering demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

Morrison said his country should use its "incredible influence" with Israel in an effort to bring to an end a "rancid stalemate" in the region, the BBC reported.

Australia joins a small but growing number of countries to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital: the United States, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, and Honduras.

But the move still risks heightening unrest, not least in Australia's immediate neighbour and the world's most populous Muslim nation.

The issue has put the conclusion of a bilateral trade agreement on hold.

Canberra on Friday told its citizens travelling to Indonesia to "exercise a high degree of caution", warning of protests in the capital Jakarta and popular holiday hotspots, including Bali. Arab countries anxious that the move would unnecessarily inflame tensions in the Middle East.

"The UN General Assembly is now the place where Israel is bullied and where anti-Semitism is cloaked in language about human rights", Morrison said.

After Mr Trump moved the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, tens of thousands of Palestinians protested near the heavily-protected Israeli border. We hope not. The lapse of time and the failure to progress the negotiations I believe has changed this Israeli-Palestinian situation in recent times.

Unlike its predecessors, however, Australia recognized only the western part of the city.

Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks during at a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, July 4, 2018. Recognizing Jerusalem is expected to help the embattled Australian PM - who faces the prospect of an election drubbing next year - with Jewish and conservative Christian voters and win him friends in the White House.

"What I'm anxious is that Mr. Morrison put his political interest ahead of our national interest", Shorten told reporters.

The Trump administration turned its back on decades of U.S. policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv in May 15.

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