On Saturday Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, announced that Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will not relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv.
By Reuters, AP
Australia formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.
“Australia now recognises West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” Morrison said.
The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
“We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical,” he told reporters in Sydney. Continue Reading »
Just one day after after The Australian published a report citing government sources that Scott Morrison’s Cabinet would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, Australia’s Prime Minister told reporters that “when I’m in a position to make that announcement, I will.”
Asked what decision the Cabinet had been reached regarding the the matter during a news conference in Adelaide, Scott Morrison replied that it was premature to discuss the issue, telling reporters that “when I’m in a position to make that announcement, I will.”
Morrison’s rebuttal of the rumors comes only one day after the publication of a report by The Australian, citing government sources, claiming that his Cabinet had approved recognition and was planning to announce the change in policy on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
The TV station cited the daily, The Australian, that if the government’s decision is ratified by the cabinet on Tuesday after approval was made by the national security committee on Monday, an official announcement will be given on Wednesday.
By THE JERUSALEM POST Staff
Australia is reportedly set to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Australian public television station SBS reported on Tuesday.
The station cited local paper The Australian, saying that the decision is to be ratified by the cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday after its approval by the country’s national security committee on Monday.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison – Wikimedia
The move would be officially announced on Wednesday, according to the report. Continue Reading »
In a letter signed by Arab Ambassadors from 13 states, consequences were listed should Australia actually move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as Australia’s new premier said he was considering.
By David Rosenberg
Diplomats from across the Arab world warned Australia on Tuesday that Canberra risked both its relations with Arab states as well as the viability of the peace process in the Middle East if it recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Ambassadors from 13 Arab states gathered in the Australian capital city of Canberra on Tuesday to discuss the new Australian premier’s decision to consider relocating his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
FM Julie Bishop rejects using Australian humanitarian funding for the PA to pay monthly stipends to entice Palestinian attacks on Israelis, as it is an “affront to Australian values, and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Australia has discontinued funding the Palestinian Authority because of concern that the money is making PA payments to terrorists and their families possible, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced Monday.
Canberra had allocated AU$10 ($7.4) million to the World Bank’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recover and Development Program that went to the PA.
Abbas’ monthly pension ‘price-list’ to entice terrorists – updated 2017
“I wrote to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on 29 May, to seek clear assurance that Australian funding is not being used to assist Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence,” Bishop said in a statement. Continue Reading »
In the Australian Army’s plan to upgrade their armed vehicles with the latest defense systems, Israel’s defense giant Rafael has begun talks on opening factories in Australia to help provide those military needs.
As Australia overhauls its LAND 400 armored vehicles program, Israeli defense giant Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is in the running to provide its Trophy Active Protection System and SPIKE missiles to the land Down Under in deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
In order to meet the anticipated demand, Rafael will be opening a local company in Australia to jointly produce the SPIKE missiles with Australia’s Varley and will be purchasing metal for various system from Australia’s Bisalloy Steel Group, the company announced on Monday. Continue Reading »
Watch Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull speak of the 100th anniversary of Battle for Be’ersheva, and the present day “common threats,” including Islamist terrorism that both Israel and Australia need to fight together.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on defense between the two nations Monday.
Prime Minister Turnbull is in Israel to participate in a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Be’ersheva, which was liberated by British and Australian forces on October 31, 1917.
Netanyahu told his Australian counterpart that Israelis admired Australia because it has “taken part in virtually all the battles for freedom in the last 100 years.”
A senior diplomatic official said Sunday that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will defend Israel in hostile international forums against biased and unwarranted politicly motivated charges, designed to castigate Israel.
SYDNEY – Australia is willing to be an “important player” in keeping pressure on the International Criminal Court so it is not used as a vehicle to attack Israel, a senior diplomatic official said Sunday, shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, September 4, 2016 in Jerusalem – Photo: Israel’s GPO
Bishop, according to the official, committed Australia to continue defending Israel in hostile international forums, as it has done until now. Continue Reading »
WATCH Prime Minister Netanyahu, who started his 5-day official visit to Australia on Wednesday, among other things tells a packed synagogue in Sydney that the Golan Heights “will never go back to Syria, it will always remain a part of Israel.”
SYDNEY — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday commended US President Donald Trump for taking “a strong stand against antisemitism.”
Netanyahu, who started a five day-visit to Australia on Wednesday, made the remarks to loud applause in a packed synagogue in Sydney regarding comments Trump made the day before about a resurgence of antisemitism in the US. Continue Reading »
WATCH: At a press conference in Sydney were Israel’s PM was welcomed by PM Malcolm Turnball, Netanyahu asked a basic question, slamming down demands by former Australian PMs to recognize Palestinian statehood, ‘What kind of Palestinian state do you want exactly?’ “A state whose territory will be used immediately for radical Islam?”
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the demand by two former Australian Prime Ministers that their nation recognize the Palestinian Authority as a sovereign state.
Former Labor premiers Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke issued statements ahead of Netanyahu’s state visit to Australia, calling for the recognition of Palestinian statehood. Continue Reading »
PM Malcolm Turnbull’s affirmation of Australia’s committed to the 2-state solution policy to the Israel-Palestinian conflict contradicted those made by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who stated that if both sides agree upon a 1-state solution, Australia would recognize it.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday that she would support a one-state solution if it were agreed upon by both the Israelis and the Palestinians, Sky News reported.
The comment comes ahead of Prime Minster Netanyahu’s visit to Australia, slated for Monday, making it the first time an Israeli prime minister has ever travelled to the country in an official capacity. Continue Reading »
London prevents the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s adoption of Obama/Kerry’s supported Paris conference closing memorandum.
Britain prevented the European Union Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the closing statement from the Paris peace conference.
Britain’s action, reported by Haaretz citing European and Israeli diplomats, comes a day after Britain refused to sign the closing statement at the peace conference in Paris. Britain had sent a low-level diplomat to the conference as an observer to indicate its displeasure with the proceedings.
In the face of Obama’s actions at the UNSC last week, Israel has a new set of ‘protectors’ from the built-in anti-Israel bias: UK’s PM May – US’s Trump – Australia’s PM Turnbull
Australia also distanced itself from the closing statement and did not sign it. Continue Reading »
According to the Australian newspaper, FM Bishop indicated the gov’t would not have supported the Security Council’s move, saying, “In voting at the UN, the Coalition government has consistently not supported one-sided resolutions targeting Israel.”
The US may have worked for the passage of last Friday’s anti-settlement resolution in the UN, and western countries like Britain, France, Japan and Spain may have supported it, but if Australia was on the UN Security Council, it would likely not have voted for it, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop indicated on Thursday.
As an “indication of the major change that is taking place in Israel’s global relations,” Netanyahu is set to visit 4 countries, including 3 that have yet to be visited by a sitting Israeli prime minister.
Binyamin Netanyahu will visit four countries in the coming months, including three that he said have never been visited by a sitting Israeli prime minister.
Netanyahu announced Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting that he will travel to Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan, as well as Azerbaijan, where he made a quick stop in 1997.
In addition, Netanyahu said that President Reuven Rivlin will visit India in two weeks. Continue Reading »
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop condemned the BDS movement in Australia as anti-Semitic, and refuses to call Israeli settlements “illegal” something the EU, UN, US and the Arab world does, saying that doing so would prejudice the outcome of negotiations.
Unilateral actions toward statehood and violence by Palestinians – not only Israeli settlement construction – are hurdles to the peace process, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop – Photo: REUTERS
“We call for the peace negotiations to recommence, and likewise we publicly and privately say that any unilateral action that is seen as damaging or impeding the peace process should be called what it is,” Bishop said in an interview, shortly after meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Continue Reading »
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