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Following United States lead, Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

Following United States lead, Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

"We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now", Netanyahu said.

The 10 a.m. dedication of the Jerusalem embassy will be attended by the Central American country's president, Jimmy Morales, and foreign minister, Sandra Jovel, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel has always claimed Jerusalem as its capital yet most countries opted to place their embassies in coastal Tel Aviv because of the holy city's contested status.

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

Paraguay is scheduled to open a Jerusalem embassy on May 21 with its president, Horacio Cartes, due to be in attendance. Israel's claim of the city being its capital was recently strengthened by USA relocating its embassy.

On Wednesday, a day after expelling Israel's ambassador in response to the Gaza deaths, Turkey ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return home. South Africa has also recalled its envoy from Israel. Hundreds others have also been injured by Israeli gunfire.

Guatemala is the first country to follow the USA by opening its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, just days after deadly protests rocked the Gaza border leaving dozens of Palestinians dead. Since Guatemala has one of the highest percentages of evangelic Christians in the world, many of her countrymen will agree with her pro-Israeli sentiments. Israel's passage in June 1980 of a law proclaiming Jerusalem its "indivisible and eternal capital" led to a UN Security Council resolution calling on Guatemala and several other countries to move their embassies to Tel Aviv.


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