Guatemala Follows Trump's Lead, Opens Embassy In Jerusalem

Нетаниягу мы защитим Государство Израиль

United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 soon denounced this law, which threatened the prospect of peace, and urged member states to withdraw their diplomatic missions from Jerusalem in protest.

The Palestinians, who seek East Jerusalem as capital of their hoped-for state, vehemently oppose the U.S. Embassy's relocation from Tel Aviv, seeing it as a one-sided move that invalidates the U.S.as a Mideast peace broker.

Guatemala on Wednesday opened its embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so.

"You were always among the first", he said.

Guatemala previously had an embassy in Jerusalem, the first country in the world to open an embassy in the city in 1956.

"This is the beginning of something extraordinary, or I would say, the re-beginning of something extraordinary, which is the relationship between Guatemala and Israel", he said.

"The Guatemalan government has positioned itself alongside Israel and its war crimes, defying global law and supporting the military occupation and the illegal annexation of Jerusalem by relocating its embassy to occupied Jerusalem", she said, according to the official Wafa news agency.

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May 14 was by far the deadliest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, and further dimmed the already bleak prospects for President Donald Trump's hoped-for peace plan.

The White House pushed forward with its inauguration Monday, while Israeli forces using live fire on crowds of Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the deeply controversial opening.

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and see the USA move as backing Israeli control over the whole of the city.

Claim: Latin American and European countries also want to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Trump's move broke with decades of worldwide consensus that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between the parties, drawing near global condemnation. The U.S. said it chose the date to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment.

This is not the first time Guatemala has mimicked a US decision when it comes to Israel. Placed during the week that Palestinian marks the 70th anniversary of Nakba, the cataclysmic exodus which followed the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes, both openings are an attempt to divert the worldwide community's attention.

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