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Arab countries discuss “Australia situation” after recognition of western Jerusalem | Australia news

Representatives of Arab countries will meet in Cairo tomorrow to discuss the Australian government's decision to acknowledge West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Izzat Salah Abdulhadi, head of the Palestinian delegation to Australia, said the "Australia situation" had been added to the agenda of the meeting at the request of the Palestinians. "We will wait to see the discussion," said Abdulhadi, but added "it will be condemnation". Last week, Palestinian leaders lobbied Arab and other Muslim states to release Australian exports and withdraw their ambassadors from Canberra if an embassy moved to Jerusalem. The government has delayed the more controversial embassy migration, an idea that was first raised in October during the Wentworth byselection, in a move seen as an attempt to win over Jewish voters. Instead, it will set up a defense and trade office in Jerusalem and start looking for an embassy page. Morrison said in his speech on Saturday: "The Australian government has decided that Australia now recognizes Western Jerusalem – as the seat of Knesset [Israel’s parliament] and many of the government's institutions – is Israel's capital. And we are looking forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when it is practical, in support of and after final status determination. " Abdulhadi also said that the Palestinian delegations in Canberra and Ramallah had not been consulted by the Morrison government about the decision to acknowledge Western Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and was told on Friday night of the prime minister that Morrison would…

Representatives of Arab countries will meet in Cairo tomorrow to discuss the Australian government’s decision to acknowledge West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Izzat Salah Abdulhadi, head of the Palestinian delegation to Australia, said the “Australia situation” had been added to the agenda of the meeting at the request of the Palestinians.

“We will wait to see the discussion,” said Abdulhadi, but added “it will be condemnation”.

Last week, Palestinian leaders lobbied Arab and other Muslim states to release Australian exports and withdraw their ambassadors from Canberra if an embassy moved to Jerusalem.

The government has delayed the more controversial embassy migration, an idea that was first raised in October during the Wentworth byselection, in a move seen as an attempt to win over Jewish voters. Instead, it will set up a defense and trade office in Jerusalem and start looking for an embassy page.

Morrison said in his speech on Saturday: “The Australian government has decided that Australia now recognizes Western Jerusalem – as the seat of Knesset [Israel’s parliament] and many of the government’s institutions – is Israel’s capital. And we are looking forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when it is practical, in support of and after final status determination. “

Abdulhadi also said that the Palestinian delegations in Canberra and Ramallah had not been consulted by the Morrison government about the decision to acknowledge Western Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and was told on Friday night of the prime minister that Morrison would make the announcement in a speech the next day.

“It was very fast, the decision has been made” he said. “I realized I can not discuss with them because it’s too late.”

“We were very disappointed, our contribution should be important to the final outcome of the advisory process, we are the owner of this question and we were not consulted.”

Abdulhadi said that Australia’s decision to return from moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was due to pressure from Indonesia, the world’s most populated Muslim country and one of Australia’s most important trading partners. [19659002] On Saturday, after the announcement was made, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry released a statement saying it noted Australia’s decision and reminded Australia that Jerusalem was one of the most important issues that would be resolved in the peace talks between Israel and Palestine. The mission made the front page of Jakarta Post, one of Indonesia’s most important newspapers, on Monday.

Malaysia, another of Australia’s Muslim neighbors, has been strongly opposed to the decision, with its Foreign Ministry issuing a statement calling it “premature” and “humiliation to the Palestinians.”

“This is bad for Australia,” said Abdulhadi. “Australia is a multicultural country, a fair country that respects human rights … and more than $ 18 billion in trade with the Arab world, more than $ 70 billion in trade with the Islamic countries, the countries OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation]. I do not understand why they are in this situation, which has no advantages. “

The decision was not even warmly received in Israel. Israel’s Foreign Ministry replied with a stingy statement called the Australian flight “one step in the right direction”. Netanyahu said on Sunday that he had nothing to add to the statement.

Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel’s Minister for Regional Cooperation and a Netanyahu Trust, called the move “a mistake”.

“There is no division between the east of the city and the west of the city. Jerusalem is a whole united,” he said. “Israel’s control over it is eternal. Our sovereignty will not be shared or undermined. And we hope Australia will soon find the way to fix the mistake it made.”

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