Australia will not follow the lead of the United States and move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Following President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that the US recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull [pictured above] said that America’s decision “doesn’t have any effect on us in terms of what we will do”.

“Australia’s embassy will remain in Tel Aviv. Our policy position remains precisely where it has been for many years,” Turnbull said this week.

He noted that Trump campaigned with a pledge to move the embassy to Jerusalem “so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone” that he made the announcement last week.

Read the full story on the Australian Jewish News here.