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Australian Treasurer Rips Mahathir for Remarks on Israel Embassy

  • Malaysian leader suggested embassy move may lead to terrorism
  • Frydenberg slams Mahathir’s historical comments about Jews
Josh Frydenberg
Josh FrydenbergPhotographer: Mark Graham/Bloomberg
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One of Australia’s top leaders blasted Mahathir Mohamad for criticizing a proposal to shift the country’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem, citing the Malaysian leader’s record of comments disparaging Jews.

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who is Jewish, on Thursday dismissed Mahathir’s warning that moving the embassy from Tel Aviv would heighten the risk of terrorism. He said Australia would make its own decisions based on national interest.