Israel thanks Guatemala for pledge to move its embassy to Jerusalem

25 December, 2017, 19:29 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the OIC summit in Istanbul

Suggestively, Mexico has demonstrated a shift from voting pro-Palestine to abstaining, and both Guatemala and Honduras have sided with Israel and the US.

The Trump administration says recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a "reflection of reality" and that the physical location of the embassy has no bearing on the US commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East.

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

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

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.

"We talked about the excellent relations we have had since Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel". Morales gave no timetable for when the Guatemalan embassy will move.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose foreign policy has lately focused on boosting diplomatic ties with Africa, Latin America and Asia, told CNN over the weekend that it may "take about 10 years before the absurd automatic majority against Israel may change".

Guatemala is home to about 1,000 Jews in a population of 15 million.

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Guatemala's announcement on Sunday came after two-thirds of United Nations member states approved a motion rejecting US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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

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

The 128-9 vote was a victory for Palestinians, but fell short of the total they had predicted.

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

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

Trump has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had no prior experience in government, with spearheading the complicated peace plan efforts.



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