Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a Cabinet Meeting on August 30 - Photo Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The International relationship between Australia and pro-Palestinian countries is getting worse, following the statement of Prime Minister Scott Morrison to move the embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the coming years. He said, its part of the country’ foreign policy regarding the status of the city.

Since October 16th, the Australian premier announced a review of Australia’s policy on the Jerusalem status. He asked the departmental secretaries from Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defend and Home Affairs to conduct the review.

They met with a broad range of Australian community representatives, including some eminent Australian policymakers, including those most closely involved in the Middle East peace process.

The starting point for their deliberation was Australia’s absolute commitment to a two-state solution, these are the guard rails, with a secure Israel and future Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security within internationally recognized borders.

Australia has recently been subject to the United Nations Security Council resolutions that apply to the Jerusalem issue, including Resolutions 478 and 2334.

There were several decisions o regarding the Australian government’s position related to the Jerusalem status. Firstly, Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, as the capital of Israel.

In the future the government would move it’s embassy to West Jerusalem, when practical, in support of, and after final status determination. The government also decided to start the work to identify a suitable site for an Australian embassy in West Jerusalem.

Secondly, the Australian government will establish a trade and defense office in West Jerusalem. With deepening defense industry ties and Australia-Israel trade now running at over US$1.3 billion per year, it will help continue to build their strong bilateral relationship.

Thirdly, recognizing the commitment to a two-state solution, the Australian Government has also resolved to acknowledge the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Australia believes this position respects both their commitment to a two-state solution and longstanding respect for relevant United Nation Security Council resolutions. It’s a balanced view, it’s a measured view, and it’s a well-considered view. It reinforces our clear view that the status of Jerusalem can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties consistent with relevant Security Council resolutions.

And lastly, regarding the efforts in the Pacific for peacekeeping forces and presence in the Middle East, the minister said that these is Australia commitment to an international order that encourages freedom, peace and prosperity.

The statement was actually unexpected, as from Morrison’s previous statement, he seemed to give instructions to the Kangaroo-state immediately to follow the United States by participating in moving the embassy building from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, in a statement, he confirmed the transfer of the embassy building was postponed.

On the other hand, he emphasized that the Israeli and Palestinian people deserve a peace as worthy as the promise of their lands – and they deserve a lasting happiness that can only spring from a shared peace. Therefore, Australians government have earned the right to call for such a peace and to make contributions on how that peace can be realized, and consistent with their beliefs and interests.

As we know, Jerusalem is the home of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Moslem), the Wailing Wall (Jewish) and the Via Dolorosa (Christian), and deserves better than the rancid stalemate, and better than the polarization that marks its peoples. 40 years ago, Anwar Sadat courageously addressed the Knesset exclaiming: “there is no happiness to the detriment of others”.

Over time, this land has become a red-territory, because war and militarism can’t be avoided to maintain the claim of legal ownership of the inherited land. Until now there has been no final effort to reconcile the two rivals, just a polarization of the ideological and political interests of allied countries who want to be involved.

Since 1948, Israel has fought numerous wars with their neighbors and thousands of skirmishes which are a constant reminder of the daily threats they face.

In this current year, Australia has opposed six resolutions that attacked Israel in the UN General Assembly. These included the Jerusalem resolution, which contains biased and one-sided language attacking Israel and denies its historical connection to the city, and the ‘Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine’ resolution, which confers on the Palestinian Authority a status it does not have.

In the past, Australia had abstained from these resolutions. The changing of Australia’s policy also caused protests in its own country. The Guardian daily edition on Dec. 15 reported that former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce had warned Morrison’s government to be careful about Israeli-Palestinian policies, because for Australian partner countries such as Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan, the issue is considered very sensitive. Especially with those countries, the Kangaroo State has trade relations whose value is far greater than trading with Israel.

In addition, in October, the Australian Intelligence Agency (ASIO) warned that if the government would actually move their embassy to Jerusalem it would trigger protests and riots in the Gaza and the West Bank.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com

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