Jerusalem

Netanyahu helps Honduras warm ties with Trump

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is helping to open doors in Washington for Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández as part of his effort to push the Latin American nation to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Israeli officials said this was one of the reasons Netanyahu organized a trilateral meeting with Hernández and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday in Brasilia on the sidelines of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration.

Why it matters: U.S.-Honduran relations are currently tense over immigration issues, specifically migrant caravans. President Trump even threatened to cut U.S. aid to Honduras and other Central American countries if they do not stop their migrant flows to the U.S. Israeli officials said that Honduras had requested Israel's help in warming relations with the Trump administration as one of its conditions for moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

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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