Australia to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel

The Australian government, under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is reportedly intending to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Australian cabinet is likely to ratify the decision today, after the decision was approved yesterday by the Canberra’s National Security Committee. That said, while the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state is all but approved, the Australian embassy in Israel will not be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, due to heavy pressure form Muslim states and the high-costs attached to a relocation. Instead of moving the embassy, however, a consulate is expected to be opened in Jerusalem.

In related News, after the President-elect of Brazil announced a radical shift in his country’s Foreign policy, in which he underlined his intension to relocate the Brazilian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Arab League has sent a warning-letter to the newly elected leader. The Arab League threatened President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro that the transfer of his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a significant setback for relations with Arab and Muslim countries. An Arab diplomat said in response to the letter that several Arab ambassadors are scheduled to meet in Brazil to discuss Bolsonaro’s plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Brazilian Foreign ministry did not immediately respond to TV7’s request for comment.