>> Australia could become the latest country to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, he was quite open-minded about the big change, and with moving Canberra's embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.>> The orthodoxy that has driven this divide which says, issues like considering the question of the capital are taboo, I think we have to challenge that.
>> The comments had Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanking Australia on Twitter. But they also quickly drew the ire of Palestine's foreign minister, who said such a move would be a violation of international law. Last year, President Donald Trump flipped decades of American-Middle East policy by recognizing the city as Israel's capital and moving the US Embassy there.
And while Morrison's mooted shift, might win him some points in Washington as Reuters' Tom Westbrook explains from Sydney. The PM could also be trying to kick a political goal back home.>> Scott Morrison says he is considering this move because policy in the Middle East has not been able to solve the Palestine-Israel stalemate.
But that's been viewed pretty cynically especially in Australia where the Prime Minister is facing a must-win by-election on Saturday. So just days away, in an electorate, which has the highest amount of Jewish residents in Australia. And many are saying that the reason he has come out today and made this announcement is because he's eager to win their votes.
>> The status of Jerusalem is one of the biggest obstacles to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel considers Jerusalem its capital including the eastern half of the city that was annexed by Israel after the 1967 Six-Day War. But the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, a demand that has broad international support.
Morrison also flagged another possible shift in the country's approach to the region, saying his government was reviewing its support for the nuclear deal with Iran.