Tag: Australia

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

After reversing decades of Middle East policy, Australia will now wait to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Last year, the US unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, triggering violent unrest in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday that his government recognizes west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upending decades of Australian […]

Australia to take 12,000 refugees, join Syria strikes

(CNN)Australia will take in an extra 12,000 migrants fleeing conflict in the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, as he confirmed the country would be joining airstrikes against ISIS in Syria this week.   The intake almost doubles the number of people currently allowed into Australia through its humanitarian program, which is currently capped […]

‘A diplomatic storm is coming in January’

“During the weekend, five new members were elected to enter the UN Security Council on January 1, 2015, as non-permanent members for two years, while five current non-permanent members will evacuate their seats. Spain and New Zealand will replace Australia and Luxembourg. But the biggest surprise was Turkey losing a seat to Spain 60-132, in […]

Australia trade at risk with Islamic nations over east Jerusalem policy

Arab and Islamic nations have warned of trade sanctions on Australia for its decision last week to desist from referring to east Jerusalem as “occupied,” the Palestinian envoy to Canberra told AFP on Friday. Izzat Abdulhadi criticized Australia’s decision and called its new position on east Jerusalem a “substantial policiy shift… Read More: Palestinian envoy: […]