Guatemala to move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, backing Trump

Marsha Scott
December 26, 2017

A Palestinian died on Saturday after being wounded by Israeli fire during a protest on the Gaza border against United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the health ministry said.

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 US embassy there.

Guatemala and neighbouring Honduras were two of only a handful of countries to join Israel and the United States, which has pledged to move its embassy to Jerusalem, in voting against the U.N. resolution.

Guatemala was one of the few countries to vote with the USA against passing a non-binding resolution at the United Nations declaring Trump's Jerusalem decision "null and void".

"God bless you, my friend, President Morales", he said.

Following the U.S. decision on Jerusalem, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said he would "no longer accept" any peace plan proposed by the United States, dealing a pre-emptive blow to a new initiative expected by Washington next year.

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Trump's announcement on December 6 sparked anger in the Palestinian territories and across the Muslim world. A second country did it and I repeat it: "there will be others, it's just the start and it's important", Netanyahu said in a statement.

Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the worldwide community.

Many governments have long said the fate of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

In Bethlehem on Friday, some Palestinian protesters held anti-Trump banners reading, "Mr. Trump, it's not your land to decide to whom it belongs, Jerusalem is ours and it belongs to us", and "Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine".

Netanyahu named several Christian pilgrimage sites in Israel - including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in East Jerusalem's Old City - which would take visitors "in the footsteps of Jesus and the origin of our Judeo-Christian heritage". Thirty-five nations abstained from the vote.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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