Guatemala Follows US Lead, Will Move Its Israel Embassy To Jerusalem

Guatemala Follows US Lead, Will Move Its Israel Embassy To Jerusalem

Kerry Wise
December 26, 2017

Guatemala was one of just nine countries to vote against last week's U.N. General Assembly resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and plans to move the USA embassy there.

In a short post on his official Facebook account on Sunday, Morales said he had chosen to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv - siding with the United States in a dispute over Jerusalem's status - after talking to Netanyahu.

Trump didn't set any timetable for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and neither did Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (L) in Jerusalem on November 29, 2016.

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

The two nations are, along with El Salvador, in what is known as the Northern Triangle of Central America.

Two-thirds of United Nations member states on Thursday voted for a resolution rejecting Trump's controversial move, reaffirming that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations. Violence, corruption and poverty have made them the main source of illegal migration to the United States, which is giving them $750 million to provide better conditions at home.

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Hotovely said US President Donald Trump's statement would "trigger a wave" of such moves.

Security Council subsequently voted on a Egypt-drafted resolution to make the United States withdraw its decision.

"Guatemala is historically pro-Israeli", he told a news conference in Guatemala City.

"We have a Christian way of thinking that, as well as the politics of it, has us believing that Israel is our ally and we must support it". "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said. Thirty-five nations abstained and 21 stayed away from the vote.

Meanwhile, Palestinian authorities denounced the decision. "Next Year in Jerusalem and Merry Christmas to all of you".

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