Israeli soldiers prepare an Israeli military drone use over the West Bank town of Hebron on June 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI
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Australian's foreign minister met Arab and Islamic ambassadors Thursday to try to soothe concerns over Canberra's stance on East Jerusalem, insisting there was no policy change despite moves to stop referring to it as "occupied".The diplomats were furious with comments on East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in a move never recognized by the international community, and concerned that it was a "substantial policy shift".The Palestinians claim Jerusalem as the capital of their own state.Abdul-Hadi added that it appeared Brandis, who said Australia would no longer call East Jerusalem occupied but disputed, had overstepped the mark.
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