Guatemala to Move Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is seen with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2016

Israel is welcoming Guatemala's decision to follow the United States in planning to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We are in contact with at least ten countries, some of them in Europe" to discuss the move, deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely told public radio.

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 US embassy there.

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

Israel called Guatemala's vote "courageous". Netanyahu said on Twitter, "It is just the beginning and it is important".

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The fresh violence came a day after the U.N. General Assembly resolution denouncing Trump's decision, largely ignoring his threat to cut off aid to any country that went against him.

In a post on his official Facebook account, Mr Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he made a decision to instruct Guatemala's Foreign Ministry to move the embassy.

Though Mr Trump said he was merely recognising reality and not pre-judging negotiations on the future borders of the city, Palestinians saw the move as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. However, it has not been recognized by the global community.

Several mainly Latin American countries had diplomatic missions in Jerusalem until a 1980 UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's attempt to alter the "character and status" of the city, saying it was a barrier to peace.

Palestinians have been clashing with Israeli troops since Trump's Jerusalem announcement on December 6. 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. Trump, however, has not set any deadline to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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