Tzachi Hanegbi, the Israeli minister for regional cooperation, noted that Israel is not satisfied with the Australian decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in conjunction with the acceptance of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, according to the Guardian.
"Australia is a deep and intimate friend of many years of Israel. We were happy to hear that it has an interest to clarify its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But to our regret, within this positive news they made a mistake. There is no division between the east of the city and the west of the city. Jerusalem is one whole, united. Israel's control over it is eternal," said Hanegbi.
The minister said that the Australian decision runs counter to Israel's claim to both sides of the city.
"Our sovereignty will not be partitioned, nor undermined. And we hope Australia will soon find a way to fix the mistake it made," the Israeli minister concluded.
Soon after the Morrison's statement, an Israeli official said that Canberra's move was "a step in the right direction, but we [Israelis] expected more,” according to the Times of Israel.
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not yet made statement in response to the gesture from Australia.