Reaction to shifting embassy to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is contemplating shifting Australia's Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


"We're committed to a two-state solution, but frankly, it hasn't been going that well, not a lot of progress has been made, and you don't keep doing the same thing and expect different results."

- Prime Minister Scott Morrison

"I spoke today with Australian PM Scott Morrison. He informed me that he is considering officially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel & moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem. I'm very thankful to him for this."

- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

"This is an irresponsible policy that compromises the future of millions of people in the Middle East for a handful of votes in Wentworth."

- Australia Palestine Advocacy Network president George Browning

"We thank the prime minister on behalf of the community we represent for his moral clarity on these issues."

- Executive Council of Australian Jewry

"He is just posturing ahead of a by-election that he is desperate to win in order to hold on to a slim majority. This is a bloke who is prepared to do and say anything to hold on to his parliamentary majority."

- Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong

"Israel is the only free and democratic nation in the Middle East and I am pleased that the Australian government is strongly considering recognising its sovereignty and self-determination by moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem."

- Liberal senator Eric Abetz

"This movement of the embassy threatens to completely derail any kind of peace process."

- Labor MP Anne Aly

Source AAP

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