Guatemala Decides to Move Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

Posted: Dec 25, 2017 8:15 AM

Despite all the backlash the United States received for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, another country has decided to follow suit. 

The president of Guatemala announced Sunday that his country plans to move their embassy to Jerusalem as well. 

"Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. We discussed the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel," President Jimmy Morales wrote on his official Facebook account.

"One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem. I am therefore informing you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the process to do so."

In praising President Trump for making the decision to move the U.S. embassy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also revealed that other countries were considering following suit.   

"We're now talking to several countries who are seriously considering saying exactly the same thing as the United States and moving their embassies to Jerusalem," Netanyahu told CNN.

The news comes days after the United Nations overwhelmingly voted to pass a resolution condemning the United States for its Jerusalem decision, declaring it "null and void." 

Nine nations voted against the resolution, including Guatemala. Thirty-five countries abstained. 

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned the U.S. would be "taking names" of countries that voted against the decision. 

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