Scott Morrison comes under fire over fashion choice in Israel

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed why he joined Boris Johnson on a surprise visit to Israel amid the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. 

Mr Morrison landed in Israel on Sunday, marking the first visit to the Jewish state by an Australian politician since terrorist group Hamas crossed the border from Gaza and killed more than 1,400 Israeli citizens on October 7.

The former prime minister said he was grateful to be joined by his UK counterpart in a ‘demonstration of solidarity’ and revealed the real reason why he decided to make the sudden trip overseas. 

‘I’m here because I believe I should be here,’ he said.

Mr Morrison is in Israel in the first visit to the Jewish state by an Australian politician since terrorist group Hamas crossed the border from Gaza and killed more than 1400 Israelis on October 7

‘It is an opportunity to understand first hand what is occurring on the ground, honour those who have been lost, show support to those who have suffered and are now engaged in this terrible conflict and discuss how to move forward.’

Mr Morrison said he backs Israel’s refusal of a humanitarian ceasefire in an address to the media while sporting a bulletproof vest. 

Israel resisted calls to give in to ceasefire over the weekend demanding Hamas return more than 240 hostages captured by Hamas during the October 7 attack. 

Mr Johnson and Mr Morrison toured the kibbutz Kfar Aza, where militants killed 57 Israelis and kidnapped 17 people.

‘You can’t help but be overwhelmed by the sense of that where we’re standing was once, a month ago, a place of innocence and now has been desecrated beyond comprehension,’ Mr Morrison said.

It’s unclear if his visit to Israel is sanctioned by Liberal leader Peter Dutton. 

The former Prime Minister penned an opinion piece for The Australian addressing his surprise visit to Israel.

‘I know I no longer speak for Australia and nor do I pretend to,’ he wrote.

Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson visit Kibbutz Kfar Azar in Southern Israel

‘However, for all those Australians who wish to declare their support for Israel and the Jewish people, I am happy, through the opportunity of this visit, to carry and convey that message on your behalf.’ 

Mr Morrison was a strong supporter of Israel while in office, including recognising West Jerusalem in 2018 as the country’s capital, a position which has been reversed by the current Albanese government. 

Mr Morrison was last week in London to speak at a conservative politics conference alongside several other current and former Opposition colleagues. 

He was earlier photographed during his visit to Israel standing next to Mr  Johnson while meeting the chairman of World Likud, Danny Danon, in Israel. 

The former Prime minister can be seen dressed casually in khaki chinos, a black coat and white sneakers, as opposed to the other two officials who are wearing suits. 

Mr Morrison will reportedly meet Israeli President Isaac Herzog and family members of hostages abducted by Hamas during the deadly October 7 attack.

There are also plans to visit Israeli villages in the south, where civilians were murdered when fighters broke into their homes.

Social media users pointed out that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison was wearing a casual clothing while on a trip to Israel. (From left: Scott Morrison, Danny Denon  and Boris Johnson)

Last week, Mr Morrison was one of six former prime ministers to issue a joint letter condemning the ‘hatred’ being spread by Hamas.

All living former prime ministers bar Paul Keating came together to pledge their support for Israel at the request of the Zionist Federation of Australia on October 30.

In the two page letter, John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison call for an end to the vilification of people on all sides of the conflict. 

At least 9,770 Palestinians have been killed in nearly a month of Israeli strikes, according to the Palestinian health ministry. 

The death toll includes at least 4,008 children. 


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