Australia’s ABC Radio National Invents Israeli Reaction to Australian Recognition of “West Jerusalem”


You probably already heard: in a move that seems to have pissed off everyone, Australian PM Scott Morrison said Canberra formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but reaffirmed his country’s support for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem under a two-state peace deal.

Israel is not happy because Jerusalem is our undivided capital and the palestinians are not happy because…well, are they ever happy? (besides after terror attacks)

Here is the Reuters headline of the story, emphasizing Israel’s displeasure over the announcement:

Enter Australia’s ABC Radio National, which is carrying this headline on the page for its RN Breakfast program:

The headline even contradicts the text below it:

Whilst the country’s foreign ministry officially welcomed the decision, Israel’s Minister for Regional Cooperation, Tzachi Hanegbi says the decision to divide the city of Jerusalem into east and west is a mistake.

Even that is fake news: the foreign ministry did not comment on the recognition itself, but called Canberra’s decision to open a defense and trade office in Jerusalem “a step in the right direction.”

But why report the news when you can just make it up, right?

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An Aussie immigrant to Israel, David Lange is founder and managing editor of Israellycool. He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and single malt whisky.