Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Guatemala Becomes Second Country To Move Israeli Embassy To Jerusalem

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem
Jay Anderson | 17 May, 2018, 02:06

Nine countries - including the U.S. and Israel - voted against the resolution: Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said it was fitting since Guatemala also followed the U.S. to be the second country to recognise Israel 70 years ago.

Prior to 1980, Guatemala and a dozen other countries maintained embassies in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in Washington, DC, on March 4, 2018.

Post the opening of the embassy, violent clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers at the Gaza Strip, resulting in the killing of 62 agitators.

The ceremony was attended by a large high-level American delegation, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and envoys from several countries. The protests were held against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem while it was coincided with the Nakaba day anniversary, commemorating the establishment of Israel state seventy years ago.




Israel has been buoyed by the new Jerusalem missions, which have infuriated the Palestinians.

Honduras is expected to follow Guatemala soon with opening an embassy in Jerusalem.

Nearly half a century on, Guatemala's new position can be seen as both a parroting of USA foreign policy and as a chance to strengthen relations with Israel, from which it buys most of its arms. Hundreds others have also been injured by Israeli gunfire.

"It's not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first, you are always among the first", said Netanyahu.

Guatemala is now the second country to move its Israeli embassy back to Jerusalem. Global powers including the UK, France and Russian Federation had previously slammed the USA decision to move their embassy, while 128 nations backed a UN resolution rejecting the White House recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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