Morrison has let down a friend with each way bet

I suspect most Aussies couldn’t give a toss about where our embassy in Israel is located, but here’s why they should.

Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East and is our frontline against Islamic terrorism.

Surrounded by hostile neighbours who would love nothing more than to see the Jewish state’s total obliteration, its ongoing survival really is the ultimate David and Goliath story.

The foes who wish to attack our freedoms are the very same who call for Israel’s destruction.

As the old proverb goes, my enemy’s enemy is my friend.

What’s more, we should never let ourselves be browbeaten by our Muslim neighbours Indonesia and Malaysia over our own foreign policy decisions.

So we should care that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement about Israel this week has let down a friend by having a bet each way.

Yes, Morrison was right to recognise Israel’s capital as being in Jerusalem.

After all, what other sovereign country in the world doesn’t get to choose its own capital?

But it was a shame he chose to qualify that recognition as “West Jerusalem” and delay moving our embassy there until there is a two-state solution.

That kicks the can into the Never Never, given the Palestinians have — in recent history — steadfastly refused to come to the negotiating table and there’s no chance of peace while terrorist organisation Hamas remains in control of Gaza.

Read the article by Caroline Marcus in The Daily Telegraph.