Australia says it is considering recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's "capital" and relocating its embassy to the occupied Palestinian city just as the USA did earlier this year in a move that drew draw harsh criticism both from Palestinians and the worldwide community.
She also reminded that the issue of Jerusalem was one of the six points that must be negotiated and decided on as a factor in any comprehensive peace between Palestine and Israel, in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions and various peace negotiations in the UN General Assembly.
Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector that it annexed after the 1967 Middle East war, as its capital while the Palestinians, with broad global backing, want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state that they hope to establish in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. He reiterated support for a two-state solution.
Morrison also said Australia would review its support for the Iran nuclear deal, under which sanctions were lifted in return for restraints on its nuclear programme "to determine whether our current policy settings remain fit for purpose".
US President Donald Trump signs a memorandum after he delivered a statement on Jerusalem from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, DC on December 6, 2017.
"I have made this decision without any reference to the United States", he said. Peace talks between the parties broke down in 2014.
One important difference between Canberra's announcement and Russia's April 2017 recognition is the possible relocation of the embassy.
"The short-term political gain that could be secured by moving the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would surely be outweighed by the detriment both to Australia's global standing and in its relations with Arab and Muslim-majority countries and the worldwide community more broadly", the delegation said according to the Times of Israel. "Can we transfer our representative office in Ramallah, which is not yet an embassy, to East Jerusalem?"
Whether Australia will end up recognizing Jerusalem - or West Jerusalem - is still open.
On Saturday voters in a key Sydney electorate will go to the polls, with Morrison's Liberal party candidate, a former ambassador to Israel, trailing in the final stretch. After the October 20 election, Morrison's enthusiasm for the idea might fade.
Morrison's openness to recognizing Jerusalem and moving Australia's embassy there comes four days before a by-election in Sydney at which his center-right coalition runs the risk of losing its tenuous hold on power.
This pressure, too, might put the kibosh on Morrison's plan. Because by doing so, Australia is violating worldwide law.
"The review will reassess whether the Plan remains the best vehicle to address the worldwide community's concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions", the joint statement said. "We will continue to strengthen ties" between Israel and Australia.