Australian PM faces backlash over surprise shift in Israel policy

Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo

He reiterated support for a two-state solution.

"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", Morrison told reporters after calling an unexpected press conference.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Morrison had telephoned to explain his shift, said on Twitter he was "very thankful" Morrison was considering the move.

This claim has prompted debates in Australia and overseas, as the status of Jerusalem has been one of the key stumbling stones for negotiating a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal.

Netanyahu has attempted to persuade other countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem. US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, attended the ceremony.

However, given that one of Indonesia's foremost foreign policy positions is support for a Palestinian state, Mr Morrison's declaration in support of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has not gone down well in Jakarta.

Reacting to the news, the Palestinian ambassador to Canberra hit out at Morrison's "deeply disturbing" plan, urging Australia to "exercise caution".

"Indonesia conveys our strong concern on the announcement and question the merit of the announcement", Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said, referring to the potential embassy move.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday that he was considering transferring his country's embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing the holy city as Israel's capital during a phone call with his Israeli counterpart. "I think we have to challenge that", Morrison said.

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However Indonesian government has not made any representations to Australia about the free trade agreement or whether it was in jeopardy, Foreign Ministry spokesmanArrmanatha Nasir said.

The by-election is in the Sydney harbourside seat of Wentworth, vacated by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull after he was ousted in a Liberal Party coup in August.

Media reports have suggested that the possible shift in Canberra's foreign policy is related to the October 20 by-election in Wentworth, which has a Jewish community of about 12.5 percent.

S., which had already moved its embassy to Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison said his thinking had been guided by Australia's former ambassador to Israel, Dave Sharma.

The Prime Minister denied the looming by-election in Wentworth, which has a large Jewish community, had any impact on his decision on Australia's shift in approach to Middle East policy, or that his evangelical religious beliefs - a key factor in the shift in USA policy in the region - played any role.

In December, Australia refused to follow Trump's decision, which enraged Palestinians and upset the Arab world and Western allies, and has so far kept its mission in Tel Aviv.

The Wentworth vote is scheduled for Saturday. Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital. Peace talks between the parties broke down in 2014.

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