PM Scott Morrison. Picture: Kym Smith
PM Scott Morrison. Picture: Kym Smith

'Desperate' Morrison backs embassy move in Israel

SCOTT Morrison's surprise announcement that he's open to moving Australia's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has been slammed as "desperate attempt" to win votes at the crucial Wentworth by-election to hold onto government.

Labor has shot down the Prime Minister's indication today that he could be open to move, which caused violent protests in the Middle East and more than 50 deaths on the Gaza Strip after US President Donald Trump made a similar move earlier this year.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already welcomed the dramatic potential shift in Australia's foreign policy, writing on social media that he had already spoken to Prime Minister Morrison about it today.

But Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong blasted the move as a "desperate" bid to change longstanding and bipartisan foreign policy to win votes in the Wentworth by-election on Saturday, where 12.5 per cent of voters are Jewish.

Read the full story at The Daily Telegraph


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