Guatemala Set to Transfer Its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Guatemala is set to transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, said the President of the country, almost three weeks after US President Donald Trump revealed that the United States would do the same.

Earlier this week, the Central American country was one of the nine nations that voted with the United States when the General Assembly of the United Nations overwhelmingly ratified a non-binding resolution denouncing the recognition of Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

On his official Facebook account, President Jimmy Morales said that after discussions with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, he decided to command his foreign ministry to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Morales wrote: “We spoke about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel.

“One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem.

“I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be.”

The resolution that was passed at the United Nations declared the action of the United States on Jerusalem “null and void.”

The 128-9 vote was considered a victory for Palestinians. However, it fell short of the total votes that they had predicted.

35 nations abstained, and 21 others stayed away from the said vote.

The United States is a primary source of aid to Guatemala, and Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid for countries that voted in favour of the resolution of the United States.

No other country has their embassy for Israel located in Jerusalem. However, the Czech Republic has stated that it is considering such a move.

Trump upended decades of US policy with his declaration on the 6th of December that he was recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Though Trump said that he was only recognising reality and not prejudging agreements on the future borders of the city, Palestinians regarded the said move as siding with Israel on the Israel-Palestinian conflict’s most sensitive issue.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as the country’s capital, while the Palestinians claim the eastern sector of the city, which was seised by Israel in 1967 and is home to various sensitive religious sites.

Many governments have long stated that the fate of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations.

The announcement of Trump has set off weeks of clashes between Israeli and Palestinians security forces that have left 12 Palestinians dead.