Sunday, 18 February, 2018

Palestinians call Guatemala's Jerusalem embassy decision 'shameful'

An Israeli border policeman fires tear gas canisters at Palestinian demonstrators during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem Israelis Arrest 29 Palestinians During Raids in West Bank Gaza- Reports REUTERS Ammar Awad
Jay Anderson | 25 December, 2017, 19:31

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic said it was considering such a move.

The Palestinian Authority's union of agricultural committees is leading, along with several European organizations, an initiative to plant trees throughout the West Bank, especially in Area C, which is under Israel's complete control.

Israel called Guatemala's vote "courageous".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Christians around the world a "Merry Christmas".

The third Friday since US President Donald Trump's controversial announcement on Jerusalem was again billed by Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas as a "day of rage".

Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted last week with the United States when the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"We spoke about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel", Morales wrote.




The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as the capital of Israel. "One of the most important topics [of the conversation] was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem".

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern sector, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and is home to sensitive religious Jewish, Muslim and Christian sites.

In the video, Netanyahu made a pitch for people to visit Israel.

The resolution passed by the General Assembly declared the US action on Jerusalem "null and void".

If the trend following last Thursday's vote at the UN General assembly holds on, in a mere 14 years' time Palestinians will no longer enjoy the support of a staggering half of the 193-strong worldwide body. The 128-9 vote indicated that few countries favor the US decision.

Many governments have long said the fate of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

Several significant USA allies abstained from the United Nations vote, among them Australia, Canada, Mexico and Poland.

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