The Embassy: How Middle East politics came to Canberra

Nov 22, 2018

The Sydney Morning Herald

APAN campaigner Sara Saleh, talking to Tory Maguire on the Please Explain podcast, spoke out against Australia moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

By Rachael Dexter

The Holy City of Jerusalem seems a world away from Canberra, but for weeks now our politicians have become obsessed with the location of Australia’s Embassy in Israel. Will our government follow the US in reversing decades of foreign policy and move its diplomats from Tel Aviv?

Why has this come to the surface now? What is it really about?

This week on Please Explain, The Herald and The Age’s Chief political correspondent  David Crowe and Nick O’Malley, senior writer and former foreign correspondent, join host Tory Maguire to unpick the motives behind a move.

Vic Alhadeff, the CEO of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, and Sara Saleh, a Palestinian Australian human rights advocate and writer, also give Tory their five-minute pitches for and against such moving the embassy.