Guatemala to move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in Trump's wake

MOHAMMED ABED

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories since December 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, drawing protest and condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world.

In a Facebook post, Morales said that he had a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu- after the talks he chose to instruct the foreign ministry to move the embassy to Jerusalem.

The move followed the historic declaration earlier in the month by U.S. President Donald Trump, formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and deciding to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move. Trump, however, has not set any deadline to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Long live the friendship between Guatemala and Israel", he added in Spanish.

"We talked about the excellent relations we have had since Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Christians around the world a "Merry Christmas". "One of the most important topics [of the conversation] was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem".

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced his decision, but he fell short of setting a timetable for the same.

"We are in contact with at least ten countries, some of them in Europe" to discuss the move, deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely told public radio.

Though Trump said he was merely recognizing reality and not prejudging negotiations on the future borders of the city, Palestinians saw the move as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

As a sequel to that, the UN General Assembly voted to adopt a non-binding resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

Thirty-five nations, including Australia, abstained and 21 stayed away from the vote.

Israel called Guatemala's vote "courageous".

The move was hailed by Netanyahu and by leaders across much of the Israeli political spectrum.

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