Indonesia leverages trade deal with Australia to prevent Israel embassy move to Jerusalem


Will Australia submit? This will be the key test that will reveal whether Scott Morrison is a true leader or another submissive sycophant capable of being intimidated into obedience by his Muslim overlords. President Trump showed the way when he moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and stood up to “Palestinian” threats and violence. Why should any free nation let terrorists dictate its foreign policy? Australia should stand firm.

“Australia’s impossible dilemma: Major deal under threat as Israeli embassy move haunts PM,” by Sam Clench, News.com.au, November 14, 2018 (thanks to Mark):

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has dug quite the hole for himself.

Mr Morrison is at the ASEAN Summit in Singapore today, where he is meeting with leaders from a bunch of Australia’s allies. One of those allies is Indonesia.

It’s the first time the Prime Minister has met with President Joko Widodo since he announced Australia would consider moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the lead-up to the Wentworth by-election.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim nation, and an enthusiastic supporter of the Palestinians. It is furious about the move, and has delayed signing a landmark free trade deal with Australia while the issue remains up in the air.

Yesterday, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita publicly said there would be no deal as long as Mr Morrison was still considering moving the embassy.

“It can be signed any time, but when you will sign it depends on Australia’s position (on the embassy),” he told Indonesian media.

So the Government now faces what seems to be an impossible dilemma — back down on the embassy move and lose face, or risk scuttling the trade deal.

Speaking after his 40-minute meeting with Mr Widodo, Mr Morrison said the embassy issue was discussed, but was not linked to the trade deal.

“We had a friendly and respectful discussion about the issue,” he said.

“I think I was able to give some more clarity on the role that we’re playing there, and I think that was well received.

“We discussed the issue and the two issues were not linked in any way, shape or form in our discussions.”

Earlier, some members of the Government urged Mr Morrison not to back down.

“Our foreign policy should not be dictated to by other countries,” Senator Eric Abetz told Sky News this morning.

“A country, with respect, like Indonesia, which does recognise Israel. It does not have an embassy there. Up until recently it did not even recognise Israeli passports.

“So in those circumstances, I think Australia is right to forge its own foreign policy.”…

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