Is Australia's partial recognition of Jerusalem disappointing?

Dr. Meir Elran thinks that "Australia doesn't agree with Israeli assertion that Jerusalem, as a united city, is the capital of Israel".

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison

Australia has recognized western Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the embassy wouldn't move from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached.

Dr. Meir Elran, from Israel's Institute for National Security Studies, thinks that the decision brought some disappointment on the part of many Israelis.

"We have to understand that, on one hand, it’s definitely a change in the policy of Australia in this particular matter, but it’s not a full step forward, because by recognizing the western part of Jerusalem it means that it does not really agree with the Israeli assertion that Jerusalem, as a united city, is the capital of Israel," said Elran.

In his opinion, "Australia, as other countries, sees Jerusalem not as a lone issue but as a part, an important part, of the issue of the overall Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and as we all know this conflict is still going on and has not yet been solved one way or another."

"So many countries, including Australia, by the way also the United States for that matter, and other countries that are very sympathetic to the State of Israel, withhold their final judgment and final legitimization of different aspects of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians until the conflict is resolved or at least negotiations will start again, hopefully soon, so as to find the right ways to conclude the conflict. And since Jerusalem is a major issue in this respect, countries like Australia would like to keep their freedom of option as far as supporting or less supporting different items, and this is what is happening regarding Jerusalem," said Dr. Elran.