The White House said Monday that President Joe Biden will host Israel’s President Isaac Herzog during an official visit next week. His planned trip will come less than a week before Israel holds nationwide legislative elections on November 1.
Meanwhile, Australia’s government has reversed a decision by the conservative former Prime Minister Scott Morrison to recognize West Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, even though Israel has illegally occupied East Jerusalem since 1967. Morrison’s move came after President Trump relocated the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, sparking international protests. Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong spoke from Canberra earlier today.
Penny Wong: “Today the government has reaffirmed Australia’s previous and long-standing position that Jerusalem is a final status issue, and a final status issue that should be resolved as part of any peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian peoples. This reverses the Morrison government’s recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”