Palestinians accuse Australian PM of jeopardising Middle East peace

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Officials lobby Arab countries to reassess ties after Scott Morrison considers moving embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

A senior adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has accused Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, of destroying the chances of Middle East peace in order to win a byelection, after Morrison said he might recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Nabil Shaath said on Tuesday that Palestinian officials were now lobbying Arab countries to reassess their trade and political ties with Canberra, hours after diplomats from 13 Middle Eastern and North African embassies in Australia held an emergency meeting on the issue.

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