Australia’s failure to follow in Donald Trump’s footsteps and recognize the entirety of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel received mixed reactions from the Israeli establishment.
However, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that relocating the country’s embassy, will only take place after a two-state solution is reached.
Until then, Australia will hold off on its decision to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. The two-state solution envisages an independent Palestine alongside Israel.
Currently, only the USA and Guatemala have their diplomatic headquarters in Jerusalem. Earlier this year, Paraguay reversed its decision to move its embassy there.
Palestinian officials expressed bitter disappointment in Australia’s ‘half-way’ decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.
While the Palestinians insist on drawing the demarcation lines along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem serving as the capital of the future Palestinian state, Israel claims historic rights to the entire city?
The Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister, Riad al-Maliki immediately rejected and condemned the decision, accusing Morrison of a “total bias” towards Israel and seeking to “appease the Zionist lobby” in Australia.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2018.