Guatemala to Move Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

The head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip Yehya Sinwar

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic said it was considering such a move. "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said.

The move followed the historic declaration earlier in the month by U.S. President Donald Trump, formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and deciding to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The Palestinians have declared the Guatemalan decision, "a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem". "We discussed the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel", Morales wrote on his official Facebook account.

Israel is in contact with "at least 10 countries" who have expressed their intentions to move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said on Monday, in the wake of US President Trump's widely-contested December 6 decision.

President Morales made the announcement Sunday after telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the plans in a telephone call.

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. "One of the most important topics [of the conversation] was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem".

Guatemala and Israel were joined by Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo in voting with the United States and opposing the measure. In a move never recognized by the global community, it annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the Jewish state's "eternal and undivided" capital. Most of the governments of the world have said that the Israel-Palestine struggle over Jerusalem should be settled through negotiations.

The Trump administration says recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a "reflection of reality" and that the physical location of the embassy has no bearing on the US commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East.

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