Guatemala opens doors to new embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales
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17 May, 2018

On the same day, the Guatemalan president will meet with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin, the country's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as compatriots residing in Israel.

Guatemala's opening of its embassy in Jerusalem made it the second country to do so after the United States, which inaugurated its mission on Monday.

"Guatemalan Embassy, welcome home!" said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

"You were always among the first", he said at the ceremony. "You are the second country to recognize Israel, but you had a very important role in this".

The Palestinians castigated Guatemala over the opening of its Jerusalem embassy earlier Wednesday, accusing the Central American nation of violating worldwide law and using Christianity to justify the move.

Morales said Guatemala was sending a message of "love, peace and fraternity" to Israel amid praise from Netanyahu.

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At the United Nations general assembly in December 2017, nine countries, including the USA and Israel, voted against a resolution that, in effect, called on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Paraguay and Honduras reportedly will be the next countries to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem.

In 1980, Guatemala pulled its diplomats from Jerusalem after the Knesset announced the controversial Jerusalem Law, which triumphantly declared the city, "complete and united", as Israel's capital.

The White House declined to join in urging Israel to exercise caution and pinned the blame squarely on Gaza's ruling Hamas group, backing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who described the Israeli military's actions as self-defense of his country's borders.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad global backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital.

Wednesday's development comes amid widespread anger and protests in the occupied Palestinian territories, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe. It became the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014, Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 58 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured by live gunfire, tear gas or other means.


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