Australia condemned over Jerusalem move

Australia is being condemned for its decision to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The country made the announcement on Saturday, but will only move its embassy when a peace settlement is reached with Palestine.

International relations Prof Alexander Gillespie of the University of Waikato says Australia's reversal is unwise.

"To stand out like this on a limb is somewhat extreme. It also reflects the depth of affection Australia has for America."

In May, dozens were killed when Israeli forces opened fire at protests over the opening of the US embassy in the contested city, including children.

Prof Gillespie says Australia's move to follow the US could provoke more international protests, and won't do anything to bring peace to the region.

"It's possible you'll see another uprising along the border of Gaza and Israel. You'll probably see protests in Australia."

The New Zealand Government says it will not do the same. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern angered Israel when she described the loss of life in the protests as "one-sided".

New Zealand's consulate in Israel is based in Tel Aviv.

Both Israel and Palestine claim Jerusalem is their capital. Israel took possession of the west part of the city in the 1948 war, and the east in the 1967 war.