Guatemala follows USA in opening Jerusalem Embassy

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Zeldin: "I was honored to be part of the United States delegation in Israel's capital today for the move of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem".

President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital in december, saying the move was made to pursue peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Paraguay said it will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of May.

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

The outlet says a couple of other countries are considering a similar move.

Trump's move reversed decades of U.S. policy, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. Israel has controlled West Jerusalem, where their parliament and the prime minister's home are, since 1949, and in 1967 captured East Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem is Israel's capital, and this is where our embassy should be located", Mr. Zeldin said in a press release.

The United States is an important source of assistance for Guatemala and Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that supported the UN resolution.

At least 61 Palestinians were killed on Monday in the deadliest day in the besieged territory since 2014 war. It's one of only seven countries that sided with the United States. Placed during the week that Palestinian marks the 70th anniversary of Nakba, the cataclysmic exodus which followed the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes, both openings are an attempt to divert the global community's attention.

This move, which follows the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy two days ago, should hardly come as a surprise: Guatemala's strong ties with Israel go back to 1948, when it was the second country, similarly behind the U.S., to recognize its statehood.

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