Latin America in quandary over USA embassy move

Leroy Wright
May 17, 2018

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

Netanyahu profusely praised Guatemala for making the move and noted that it came only two days after the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin attended the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem earlier this week after meeting privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a congressional delegation visit.

Wednesday, may 16, the Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales inaugurated in Jerusalem Embassy of their country, moved there from tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it's fitting since Guatemala also followed the U.S.to be the second country to recognize Israel 70 years ago.

"I look forward to assessing with you the practical ways. that we can advance this friendship and this alliance", Netanyahu said.

Paraguay and Honduras reportedly will be the next countries to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem.

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As part of his decision, Trump said the U.S. Embassy would move from Tel Aviv.

Post the opening of the embassy, violent clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers at the Gaza Strip, resulting in the killing of 62 agitators.

"I think we need more Guatemala Streets in Israel", he said. It says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass infiltrations from the Palestinian enclave, which is run by Islamist movement Hamas. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War.

Over 2,400 Palestinians were wounded as Israeli snipers continued to fire into the crowds in an attempt to suppress the demonstrations.

He is also expected to meet the Guatemalan community in Israel before returning to Guatemala Thursday.

Marking the move, the Jerusalem municipality illuminated the walls of the Old City walls late Tuesday with flags of Guatemala, Israel and the United States and a message thanking Morales.

TRT World's correspondent Ediz Tiyansan reports from Guatemala.

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