Australia’s Embassy in Israel

Australia’s Embassy in Israel. From Senator James Paterson, who has backed the move to Jerusalem since his maiden speech in 2016:

There have been two equally bad arguments advanced against moving our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

First, that we should sacrifice our values-based foreign policy for the sake of economic gain. If we gave into this – as advocated by Bill Shorten – we would set a shocking precedent that Australia’s sovereign right to determine our own foreign policy is susceptible to economic threats.

Second, that we should not move our embassy because it might enrage terrorists – as suggested by Bob Carr. This would effectively grant a veto over Australian foreign policy to violent extremists. We should never allow threats of violence to cow us from doing the right thing. It would be a dangerous signal to send about the strength of our resolve.

Hear hear.

via Andrew Bolt