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The Greens have responded to the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

From the party statement:

The Greens condemn in the strongest possible terms US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv, said Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale.

Australia now stands alone in its craven refusal to join those in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in standing against this move, which will devastate the peace process.

“This decision by President Trump is a body blow for the peace process and for the Palestinian people,” Di Natale said.

“Trump’s announcement has been universally condemned – by the United Nations, European and Middle Eastern leaders and religious leaders.

“Yet the Australian Government stands alone in maintaining that this is a matter only for the United States.

“It is shameful that Malcolm Turnbull cannot even display the leadership to stand with our allies in Europe and Asia to publicly urge Trump not to proceed with this deeply unfair and dangerous decision.

“If it wasn’t enough to see Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweets on North Korea, or his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, surely this latest move is all the evidence needed to prove that we are shackled to an unhinged ally intent on making the world far more dangerous.”

This is a historic day. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for nearly 70 years. Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, our dreams, our prayers for three millennia. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years. Thank you, @realDonaldTrump!

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