Dec 15, 2018 - World

Australia to move its embassy in Israel to West Jerusalem

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday. Photo: Mick Tsikas-Pool/Getty Images

West Jerusalem will be recognized by Australia as the capital of Israel, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Saturday per the New York Times.

Why it matters: This is a step toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital — as President Trump did last year — and represents a shift in Australia's "long-held policy on the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians," per the Times. Morrison said on Saturday that the international community must "urge a return to negotiations of a two state solution," and that the Australian Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem "when practical."

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