Australia has withdrawn its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital four years ago amid criticism. The country has decided to keep its neutral position in the Israel-Palestine peace agreement.

According to a statement from the country, Australia stands against the decision taken by Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government in 2018. We will no longer recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a statement today that the government reaffirmed Australia’s previous and long-standing position that Jerusalem is a final status issue that must be resolved as part of any peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian people, Al Jazeera reported. We oppose the recognition given by the Morrison government.

Wong also said that the Australian embassy will remain in Tel Aviv. Canberra was committed to a two-state solution in which Israel and a future Palestinian state would coexist in peace and security, within internationally recognized borders. We will not support an approach that undermines this possibility.

Jerusalem’s status is the biggest obstacle in efforts to reach a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel considered the entire city, including the annexed eastern sector, its capital after the 1967 Middle East War. Palestinian officials, on the other hand, want occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, with broad international support.

(October 18)