Morrison brushes off Turnbull’s advice against moving Australia’s Israel embassy

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Former PM says if embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem there would be a ‘very negative reaction in Indonesia’

Scott Morrison has insisted that any decision Australia makes about shifting its embassy in Israel will be in the national interest, not with an eye to placating allies, after Malcolm Turnbull highlighted Indonesia’s concerns about the move.

Turnbull late on Monday implicitly warned his successor against following through with the controversial foreign policy shift Morrison telegraphed in the run-up to the Wentworth byelection, after the former prime minister met with the Indonesian president on Monday.

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