Earlier this year, those who stand for Israel applauded America's courageous decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Now, America and Israel's allies down under are considering such a move, as well. JNS' Sean Savage and Jackson Richman write that an Australian move — and the corresponding recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital — would mark yet another major international shift in support for the Jewish state:
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that he would consider moving the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would mark a major shift in policy in support of the Jewish state by a world power following the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as its capital by the Trump administration in December.
The Australian leader also announced that his country will vote against recognizing the Palestinian Authority as the chair of the G77 bloc in the United Nations, in addition to reviewing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Morrison, an evangelical Christian from the right-wing Liberal Party who assumed office in August, said he was “open to” the move, describing it as a “sensible” proposal.
“The orthodoxy that’s driven this debate says issues like considering the question of the capital are taboo. I think we have to challenge that,” he said...
At the same time, it would also be a major foreign-policy win for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has focused on building relations with nontraditional allies in places such as the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and Africa. Netanyahu made a historic visit to Australia in 2017, becoming the first Israeli prime minister to go Down Under, where he touted the growing bilateral ties between the two nations.
According to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu spoke with the Australian leader ahead of his announcement on Jerusalem and “thanked him for his remarks...”