Wentworth byelection: Dave Sharma 'open' to relocating Australia's embassy to Jerusalem

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The Liberal candidate for Wentworth, Dave Sharma, has said “he is open” to relocating Australia’s embassy to Jerusalem as the US has done, in contrast to the official policy of both the Liberals and Labor to leave it in Tel Aviv.

As the battle in the Wentworth byelection enters its final week, the votes of the large Jewish community that lives in Wentworth could be crucial to whether the Liberals hold the seat. There are around 20,000 Jewish people in Wentworth, according to the 2016 census, making up 12.5% of the population.

Related: Tony Abbott says Turnbull ‘owes it’ to Liberals to endorse Wentworth candidate

Even if we don’t move Embassy, we shld at least consider recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (w/o prejudice to its final boundaries or potential status as capital of future Palestinian state). Where else do we disagree with a country about where its capital is? https://t.co/F30Dh1GOyN

Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, though risky, carries with it an opportunity to advance peace. Will he take it? pic.twitter.com/hIioxWhA5n

Related: ‘Taken over by extremists’: Malcolm Turnbull’s son urges voters to dump Liberals

Related: Kerryn Phelps urges Wentworth voters to use byelection to protest ‘inhumane’ refugee policies

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