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Australia Cancels Its Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

This last week, Australia’s government made some very controversial statements in regards to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 

On Monday, the Guardian reported that Australia had “Quietly dropped its recognition of the west part of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” despite the decision adopted by Scott Morrison’s government after the US embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to this same report, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade removed two sentences from their official website:

“Consistent with this long standing policy, in December 2018, Australia recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of the Israeli government.”

“Australia looks forward to moving its embassy to West Jerusalem when practical, in support of, and after the final status determination of, a two-state solution.”

The day after this report came out, Australian Foreign Minister, Penny Wong, said that the status of Jerusalem must be decided through peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians instead of unilateral decisions: 

“We will not support an approach that undermines a two-state solution, Australia’s embassy has always been, and remains, in Tel Aviv.”

“I know this has caused conflict and distress in part of the Australian community, and today the government seeks to resolve that.” 

Australia has basically given Israel a slap in the face. They are essentially trying to tell Israel that Jerusalem is not their undivided capital.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry immediately blasted the decision and called out Australia’s ambassador to Israel. 

The mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, said he was saddened by the decision. He said, “The united city of Jerusalem was and will continue to be the capital of Israel forever. Declarations like this do not advance anything, and are of no benefit.” 

Israel’s Prime Minister, Yair Lapid, said in response:

“Given the way Australia reached its decision, as a rushed response to a false media report, we can only hope that the Australian government is more serious in other matters. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel and nothing will ever change that.” The last statement made by Yair Lapid is 100% true: nothing will ever change the fact that God gave Jerusalem to the Jewish people as the capital of Israel.”

Australia has really shown their true colors of what they think about Jerusalem. The question is, does it matter what they say about the eternal capital of Israel? The answer is yes and no. Yes, because Zechariah in the Bible says that the nations that come against Jerusalem will be judged. No, because Australia refusing to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel does not change the fact that God has chosen it as His special city. 

2 Chronicles 6:6 says, “Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.” 

Psalm 132:13-14 says, “For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.'” 

It is very clear in the Scriptures that the Lord God Himself has chosen Jerusalem for Himself and for His people Israel. It doesn’t matter what any of the nations of the world try to say, Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel and will always remain so. 

About the author

Justin Hilton is from Virginia Beach, VA and has lived almost full time in Israel since 2016. He works for HaYovel and The Israel Guys as Studio Producer and Content Manager. He is also an article author, photographer and customer support representative. Once a week, he hosts a show on The Israel Guys network.

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16 Responses
  1. Frances Weingarten

    Given that iSRAEL is the home of the Jewish people and always has been, their is nothing further to say!!!
    We will continue to live our lives in our home in Israel and others may also do the same. They would,of course
    have been in conversation with Israelies and all would have been agreed on.
    Sincerelhy,
    Frances Weingarten,
    franwein16@gmail.com

  2. Frank Scott

    Penny Wong has done Australia no favours by doing a U-turn on the recognition of Jerusalem as he legitimate capital of Israel . She is bowing down to leftish liberalists. God is not asleep and Australian is I believe putting itself in line for a fall.
    It don’t suppose that the honourable lady would agree with the biblical accounts and facts of Israel’s God given right to the land but I would suggest that see looks at world history and see what ultimately happens to nations who treat Israel and Thea Jewish people badly.

  3. Frances Weingarten

    Australia can say whatever it chooses, but Israel is and will always be the home of the Jewish People!!!!
    I shouldn’t have had to say this once again, but it seems that there are those in Australia who don’t accept the fact that Israel is and always has been the home of the Israeli people!!
    Sincerely, Frances Weingarten.

    1. Geoff

      I am distressed and embarrassed by our government’s decision to back away from our commitment to Israel. It shows how naive and short sighted we are!

  4. Mike

    What more to expect from ignorant aussies who know nothing about the situation. There are no “palestinisns”, never have been. They were created by the KGB for the Egyptian terrorist Arafat, trained and armed by KGB. Their objective is to destroy Israel!!!

  5. Gloria

    God gave Israel to Abraham and all his descendents forever. Not one of the people who took over the land pushing the descendents of Abraham out of Israel ever did anything to improve the land like the Jews have since 1948. Any time Israel has given up a piece of their God given land the new inhabitants have used it to attack the Jews with rockets and sworn to push them into the sea.
    Wake up! There will be no peace with people who are determined to wipe out every Jew in Israel.

  6. Kathryn Dewalt

    Australia is ‘dancing with the devil’ these days.
    The Jerusalem issue is only one of the latest symptoms of their spiritual decline. Their insanity during Covid was indicative of the direction Australia is heading.

  7. Carol Haney

    God did say that, so that settle’s it. May God’s judgment fall where it may on anyone who turns against
    Israel.
    2 Chronicles 6:6 says, “Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that My name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over My people Israel.”

    Psalm 132:13-14 says, “For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: ‘This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.’”

    It is very clear in the Scriptures that the Lord God Himself has chosen Jerusalem for Himself and for His people Israel. It doesn’t matter what any of the nations of the world try to say, Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel and will always remain so.

  8. Patricia Campbell

    I support Israel and the Jewish people 100%. As a Christian, I know that God loves his people and that he established Jerusalem as his dwelling place.

  9. Jeffrey R Marshall

    The Lord God is clear in His Word about Jerusalem and Israel. No matter what any world government says, God is Sovereign and Jerusalem will be His throne some day very soon.

  10. Patricia Pederson

    I once upon a time would have loved to visit Australia but now I have absolutely no desire to go there. I will always align myself with Israel. It’s what the Lord says that’s important, not what man says.

  11. Barbara Jenkins

    Not all Australians agree with what this new left wing Government says. I did not vote for them and never will. I stand with Israel and always have. God says they are his people and l believe that.