Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said Australia is open to establishing a diplomatic presence in Jerusalem when addressing a group of Jewish community leaders.

US President Donald Trump controversially vowed in his campaign to overturn decades of US foreign policy and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In June, however, Mr Trump signed an order keeping the American Embassy in Tel Aviv rather than moving it, sparking speculation such a change would never happen.

Diplomatic representation in Jerusalem is highly politically sensitive. Australia, like most nations has its embassy in Tel Aviv to avoid being seen to take a side in the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ms Bishop said if the British open a High Commission or a consulate in Jerusalem, Australia could “look at” stationing diplomats there.

Read the article in the Weekend Australian.

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