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Newsline: Australia rules out relocating embassy to Jerusalem

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that Australia “does not have any plans to move the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Bishop’s comments came in response to a call from former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott to move the embassy to Israel’s declared capital as US President-elect Donald Trump has vowed he will do once in office. Abbott caused controversy with a column he wrote in The Spectator Australia on 29 December in which he called for a cut to Australian funding to Palestinians in addition to his call to move the embassy to Jerusalem. In the column, Abbott wrote that “Australia should cut our $40 million a year aid to the Palestinian Authority while it keeps paying pensions to terrorists and their families,” adding that Australia should demonstrate its “support for Israel” by mirroring Trump’s plan to “move its embassy to Jerusalem.”



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