Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticised his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison who has said that he is “open” to the idea of moving his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Australia is set to decide on whether the move will go ahead or not by Christmas.
Mohamad made the remarks at a press conference held after his meeting with Morrison on the sidelines of the Asean summit in Singapore.
Mohamad said he discussed with Morrison Australia’s intention to transfer its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Malaysian Prime Minister pointed out that Australia’s transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem is tantamount to recognising Israel’s terrorist practices:
“I pointed out that in dealing with terrorism one has to know the causes. Adding to the cause for terrorism is not going to be helpful” he said.