Israel thanks Guatemala for pledge to move its embassy to Jerusalem


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 November 2016, Morales was welcomed in Israel by government officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and the Knesset speaker, Yuli Edelstein, all of who thanked Guatemala for its early support of Israel.

Trump didn't set any timetable for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and neither did Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

"We spoke about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel", Morales wrote. "So I inform you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may happen".

There have been weeks of riots in which 12 Palestinians have been killed since Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The building housing the Guatemalan consulate in Jerusalem
The building housing the Guatemalan consulate in Jerusalem

This despite the United Nations declaring the U.S. action as "null and void" by a margin of 128-9.

At a rare emergency special session, the draft resolution was adopted 128-9 with 35 abstentions.

Thirty-five nations, including Australia, abstained and 21 stayed away from the vote.

"The UN General Assembly's overwhelming vote on the situation of holy al-Quds shows the United States' carrot and stick policy toward world countries is a nonstarter, and that the United States' hegemonic power is diminishing", he noted.

"The United Nations had some shortcomings, but by accepting Palestine's membership in the world body, the UN practically tried to counter the "ethnic cleansing" policy of Netanyahu and Zionist extremists because Jewish and Christian Zionists claim that Palestinians can not have a government", said Falahatpisheh, who sits on the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

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