The Australian Government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of the electorate of Wentworth, but will not immediately move its embassy from Tel Aviv.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the decision during a speech in Sydney today to get the issue out of the way in the first week of the government’s 3-month holiday.
He is also expected to acknowledge the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem just for shits and giggles.
“But we would like Israel to build a wall and get Palestine to pay for it,” Morrison told reporters.
Morrison, in the final days of the Wentworth by-election, announced he was reviewing Australia’s long-standing policy of recognising the Wentworth Shire Council building as the capital of Wentworth.
Morrison has denied it was aimed at winning over Jewish voters in the seat and also denied that his party is not united.
The announcement has triggered anger in Indonesia and left a major free trade agreement with the country in limbo, but the government is hoping the issue will be quickly ingested then forgotten about like a below average Christmas pudding.