The big move of the United States embassy to Jerusalem has major international repercussions. Australia is one of many countries that is now following suit – sort of. At first, Israel was very excited at the prospect of an Australian embassy move – as a follow up to the move of the United States embassy. But, then the Australian Prime Minister announced that he would like to move the embassy to West Jerusalem and accept West Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. That is like a compliment and a slap in the face at the same time.
West and East Jerusalem
The entire idea of a separate West and East Jerusalem is based on a 19 year time period in which the Jordanians occupied the eastern part of Jerusalem. The eastern part of Jerusalem includes the holiest place on earth. It includes the Old City of Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The Jewish people always prayed at the Western Wall – for the last 2,000 years. The only exception was between 1948 and 1967 when the Jordanians forbid the Jewish people from entering. It was a mere 5 minute walk from the western part of Jerusalem. But, no Jew was allowed to enter.
Six Day War Correction
In June 1967, Israel attacked the Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian Air Forces. This came after the Egyptians closed Israeli shipping at the Straits of Tiran and massed forces on Israel’s southern border. Once Israel dominated the skies, Israel was able to dominate against the Egyptian forces. Israel asked the Jordanian forces to not join in the war against Israel. But Jordan bombed West Jerusalem. They used the walls of the Old City to bomb the Jewish communities to the West. Israel fought back and liberated the Old City of Jerusalem and the areas east of Jerusalem – all the way to the Jordan River.
There is no reason for any country to establish their Israeli embassy anywhere but in Jerusalem. One embassy in a united liberated city of Jerusalem.