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Malaysia's Mahathir says no rights to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Malaysian PM No country has right to recognize Jerusalem Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad Malaysian PM No country has right to recognize Jerusalem
Patty Aguilar | 18 December, 2018, 11:27

On December 15 the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as a capital of Israel, adding that Canberra "acknowledges the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem", thus abiding by the so-called two-state solution.

"Australia's stance does not impact the legitimate Palestinian demands, first among them being East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and it does not contradict the Arab Peace Initiative", Bahraini foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, said in the social media post. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access! While Trump has proposed a two-state solution, that policy has been met with push back from both countries.

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Israel's embassy in Canberra on Sunday said the decision was the right move.

"I think the responses that we have seen from countries so far has been measured", he said.

"Australia's announcement on Jerusalem is a step in the right direction", a US State Department spokeswoman told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

The chief Palestinian negotiator for the embattled USA -led peace process with Israel said his most recent encounter with President Donald Trump's point person was more than one year ago, suggesting talks have stalled.

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"All of Jerusalem remains a final-status issue for negotiations, while East Jerusalem, under global law, is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory", he said.

The Arab League's Assistant Secretary General for Palestine and the Occupied Arab Territories, Mr Saeed Abu Ali, condemned Australia's decision as a break with the worldwide community's positions that disregards global law.

The Arab League had issued a statement criticizing the Australian decision as "blatantly biased towards the positions and policies of the Israeli occupation".

While the embassy move is delayed, Morrison said his government would establish a defense and trade office in Jerusalem.

Mr Morrison's embattled coalition slipped into a minority government after losing the Sydney by-election in October, which followed the Liberal party's ousting of the local member and then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem - territories that Israel captured and occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

"All of Jerusalem remains a final-status issue for negotiations, while East Jerusalem, under global law, is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory", he asserted.

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