Big Guns weigh in: War of words erupts over Australia’s Israeli embassy
Senior government ministers are in the midst of a slanging match over whether to shift Australia’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne used the ABC to scold his Cabinet colleagues Josh Frydenberg and Steve Ciobo for debating the foreign policy dilemma in public.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who has argued in favour relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, was quick to return fire.
Australia is investigating relocating the embassy to Jerusalem, with the Morrison government believing it may help deliver a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine.
The war of words has the Big Guns divided.
“I think moving the embassy is silly,” Graham Richardson tells Ben Fordham.
“Only Guatemala has done it, apart from the United States. Why we’d want to join those two and leave the rest of the world high and dry, I don’t know.
“They could be uniquely wise… but I doubt it.”
Andrew Bolt, however, does believe it’s in the national interest to move the embassy.
“I don’t think it’s in our national interest to back off. Particularly not when it would be seen as backing off because we’re scared of terrorism.
“We don’t buckle to this kind of rubbish.”
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