The timing of this major policy shift has clearly been influenced by the Wentworth by-election
While the timing of Scott Morrison’s announcement that he is considering moving the Australian embassy to Jerusalem was clearly influenced by the Wentworth by-election, it is in relation to wider international developments that it needs to be understood.
In March prime minister Netanyahu announced that Israel would retain control of “the area west of the Jordan” regardless of whether it concluded a peace agreement with the Palestinians. In August the Trump administration announced that it was cutting off all aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. Apart from being what the New York Times described as a “vengeful and shortsighted act” that will deprive millions of stateless people access to vital education, healthcare and housing, this marks a radical reorientation of America’s attitude towards the Palestinians.