Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Guatemala announces plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala announces plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

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

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.

The North American country was one of the nine countries that had opposed the United Nations' resolution denouncing Donald Trump's decision to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

In November 2016, Morales was welcomed in Israel by government officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and the Knesset speaker, Yuli Edelstein, all of who thanked Guatemala for its early support of Israel.

Israel is welcoming Guatemala's decision to follow the United States in planning to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said.

"It's a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem" and of a non-binding U.N. General Assembly resolution condemning the USA recognition, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, the French press agency, AFP, reported.

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The Palestinians have declared the Guatemalan decision, "a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem".

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.

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

Trump's December 6 announcement has triggered weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, which have left 12 Palestinians dead. For their part, the Palestinians say East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.

Kızılırmak said they had no knowledge of when and why they would be deported, as Turkey's Embassy to Tel Aviv and Consulate to Jerusalem are monitoring the issue.

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