AUSTRALIA - Recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

Arno Froese

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

However, he said Australia’s embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved.

He added Australia also recognized the aspirations of the Palestinians to a state with a capital in East Jerusalem.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most contested issues between Israel and the Palestinians.

Opposition Labor party leader Bill Shorten said he would reverse the decision if he won next year’s elections.

Mr. Morrison’s announcement comes after a period of consultation with politicians in Australia and allies abroad.

“Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” said Mr. Morrison, speaking in Sydney.

“We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical... and after final status determination.”

Mr. Morrison said that in the interim Australia would set up a defense and trade office in West Jerusalem.

The prime minister also stressed that Australia was supporting “liberal democracy” in the Middle East.

-www.bbc.com, 15 December 2018

Arno's commentary

After Russia and the United States, now Australia. The Prime Minister clarifies the issue by stating: “…recognized the aspirations of the Palestinians to a state with a capital in East Jerusalem.” While Bible-believing Christians rejoice in this decision, it is important to realize that strong political motives stand behind it. A number of other countries have voted in favor of recognizing West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US symbolically moved the embassy to the Jerusalem, although the real embassy still functions in Tel Aviv.

In the long run, it will change nothing in God’s prophetic plan for Jerusalem, as expressed by the prophet Zechariah: “Again the word of the Lord of hosts came to me, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain” (Zechariah 8:1-3).

The majority of the world’s nations expressed their support for UN Resolution 181, which the EU confirms: “The European Union currently views the status of Jerusalem as that of a corpus separatum including both East and West Jerusalem as outlined in United Nations Resolution 181. In the interest of achieving a peaceful solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, it believes a fair solution should be found regarding the issue of Jerusalem in the context of the two-state solution set out in the Road Map. Taking into account the political and religious concerns of all parties involved, it envisions the city serving as the shared capital of Israel and Palestine.” -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_of_Jerusalem

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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