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The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) welcomes the opening of a new Australian Trade and Defence Office in Jerusalem.
This Update discusses the increasing clashes of recent weeks around the Temple Mount, centred on efforts by the Muslim religious authorities in charge of the area to unilaterally open a new prayer area in the previously closed Gate of Mercy compound on the Mount.
Despite agreement on the need for action, the paths being pursued by the two major political parties are quite different... While the Prime Minister's declarations have not yet achieved bipartisan support, achieving that outcome remains a worthy objective.
The announcement that Australia would recognise west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, while acknowledging east Jerusalem could be the capital of a future Palestinian state, shows a real commitment to progressing a two-state peace.
AIJAC's Dr Tzvi Fleischer appeared on Sky News Australia to discuss Australian recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
AIJAC Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein discussed Australia's proposed move of its Israel embassy to Jerusalem on the Conroy & Kroger show on Sky News Australia.