Tony Abbott, the former Australian prime minister, declared yesterday that his country’s embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The problem with the so-called peace process is that no Palestinian leader, it seems, has ever been prepared to say – in Arabic – that Israel has a right to exist. And as long as the Palestinian leadership refuses to concede that, it’s very hard to see how there can ever be any kind of settlement involving Israel and a Palestinian state. A Palestinian state would have to exist on an absolutely clear and accepted understanding that Israel’s right to exist is completely unquestioned,” said the former Australian PM.
Australia has supported Israel in international forums, voting against anti-Israel resolutions in the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva and the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Abbott urged his fellow Liberals in parliament to follow suit.