Following US lead, Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

This comes two-days after the United States (US) inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem.

Following in the United States' footsteps, Guatemala opened on Wednesday its Israel embassy in the holy city of Jerusalem.

Guatemala is now the second country to move its Israeli embassy back to Jerusalem.

Guatemala, the second country to recognise Israel as a state in 1948, has had a long history of military cooperation with Israel.

"You were always among the first", he said. In December The US announced to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move infuriated the Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital. The Palestinians always want east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The Arab League and the French government condemned the U.S. embassy move as illegal and in contravention of UN Security Council resolutions surrounding the conflict. The Israeli forces killed almost 60 Palestinians in the clashes along the border this Monday. More than 50 protesting Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops, according to the New York Times. Israel, however, accused Hamas militants of carrying out bombing and shooting attacks under the cover of the protests.

Israel was criticised internationally for killing unarmed Palestinians. Angelina Solis, Guatemala's ambassador to Israel, hailed her country's decision to return to Jerusalem as a "brave" and "historic" and revealed her belief that "a lot of blessings will come after this decision".

Paraguay says it will also relocate its embassy.

Morales said Guatemala was sending a message of "love, peace and fraternity" to Israel amid praise from Netanyahu.

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