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Australian government to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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Australia will become one of the few countries to formally recognise West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, said the government will also recognise a future state of Palestine with its capital in East Jerusalem after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The foreign policy shift was set to be announced during Morrison’s speech to the Sydney Institute on Saturday.

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  1. Pete Godfrey

    December 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Basically the government is in caretaker mode. I hope that Labor say it will reverse this stupid decision.

    • Simon Warriner

      December 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      In this instance puppet mode is more apt. Such a small nation .. so much inexplicable influence.

      Australia’s national interest is served how, exactly?

      • Tim Thorne

        December 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm

        Simon, our interest is served by our not upsetting the USA. Of course, this depends on how much we can trust Trump.

        ScoMo, the puppet of Uncle Otto’s nephew, has faith in Trump, Jesus and Coal … his holy trinity.

        • Chris

          December 16, 2018 at 7:10 am

          Yeah but, yeah, it may be his trinity, but he will make many cross!

        • Simon Warriner

          December 16, 2018 at 9:35 am

          How, Tim? Explain yourself. So far all I see is piffle. Trump is not the issue. His ability to influence the US actions is proving to be limited at best, and is only a single gunshot away from ending.

          Here is what really influences ScoMo and Shorten …


          • Simon Warriner

            December 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

            And here is a clear and cogent revelation of what is really behind it all. Not the Chinese Hauwei thing, but the way that Israel and its supporters blatantly influence US actions, and ours. It is found in the descriptions of Addelson’s and Netanyahu’s meddling with US democracy and government. Never forget John Winston Howard’s shameless whoring of our sons and daughters to that cause.


            The Chinese response will be most interesting to observe. Remember, these are people to whom Sun Tzu’s “The Art Of War” is not an ancient curiosity, but an ever-current text book.

            Australia might have to finally do something about the halfwits and dolts we have been electing to represent us. Like selecting them for the ability to have an independent thought or two about where OUR interests lie, and how they are best served.

          • Tim Thorne

            December 19, 2018 at 6:52 pm

            Simon, Trump is the issue just as are Obama, Bush, Clinton etc and all the way back to 1967 at least, have been the issue.

            Australia has never dared to have a foreign policy regarding the Middle East with any significant variation from that of the US. Trump personally might have limited power (although I don’t want to put too much faith in that) but in this matter he has the backing of the other powerful players in US politics. Whatever Israel (for which read the far right Israeli politicians) wants, the US and Australia will go along with.

            The Palestinians are at a great disadvantage militarily and economically and, without having any sympathy for Hamas, one can understand their frustration. If they can attract the support of many UN members, then good luck to them; it is unlikely to do them much good.

            Morrison does not have any interests at heart other than his desperate desire to win the next election. What matters is why he wants to win. He wants to serve the coal lobby, the US .. and what he sees as his god.

        • Leonard Colquhoun

          December 19, 2018 at 10:40 am

          Or, “Simon, [is] our interest is served by our not upsetting” the UN, that most hypocritical and illiberal of global institutions comprising a 3/4 majority of dictatorships and theocracies, military regimes and fascistic Marxist despotisms.

          Just look at which UN members comprise its human rights body!

          • Simon Warriner

            December 19, 2018 at 4:53 pm

            What is your point, Leonard? That there are fools masquerading as leaders attending the UN? No news in that, is there? It is old news. Add Netanyahoo to your list.

            And isn’t Saudi Arabia head of the human rights body? Last I heard it was best buddiess with Izzy and its US puppet.

            Not a peep from either of those regimes about chopping up the Kasgoggi bloke with a bone saw, or about the genocidal war in Yemen. Meanwhile they continue to try and start WW3 in Syria, illegally.

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