Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Latin America in quandary over U.S. embassy move

Latin America in quandary over U.S. embassy move

Guatemala is now the second country to move its Israeli embassy back to Jerusalem.

"It's not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first, you are always among the first", said Netanyahu. "You were the second country to recognize Israel", Netanyahu said referring to the country's establishment in 1948.

The Palestinians have said that they believe the participation of diplomats of European countries in opening the Embassy of the United States "a serious violation of global law".

Meanwhile, Guatemala inaugurated its Israel Embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the U.S.

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The Palestinians said they consider the participation a "grave violation of worldwide law".

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

Since Monday, Israeli occupation forces have killed 65 Palestinians who were protesting against the embassy move in the besieged Gaza Strip and injured thousands more in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian leaders said by relocating the embassy the United States had created incitement and instability in the region and abrogated its role as a peace mediator.

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On Wednesday, a day after expelling Israel's ambassador in response to the Gaza deaths, Turkey ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return home.

Al Momani expalined that the decision of the government of Guatemala to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem is a flagrant violation of worldwide law and United Nations resolutions, especially the recent General Assembly resolution, which rejected US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Prior to 1980, Guatemala and a dozen other countries maintained embassies in Jerusalem.

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