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Guatemala Says It Is Moving Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Guatemala and Israel have long had close ties, especially in security matters and Israeli arms sales to Guatemala

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    Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Delays Embassy Move

    The announcement broke with decades of policy and was opposed by Arab and European leaders.

    (Published Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017)

    Guatemala's president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump in ordering the change.

    Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday when the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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

    In a post on his official Facebook account Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he decided to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.

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    [NATL] White House: Trump Expected to Make Announcement on US Embassy in Israel Soon

    "I'm not going to get ahead of the president's remarks that he'll make tomorrow. He did speak with a number of leaders this morning and he's going to continue to have conversations with relevant stakeholders, but ultimately he'll make what he feels is the best decision for the United States," Sanders said in a press conference Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

    Guatemala and Israel have long had close ties, especially in security matters and Israeli arms sales to Guatemala.

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

    Trump upended decades of U.S. policy with his Dec. 6 announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Though Trump said he was merely recognizing reality and not prejudging 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.

    Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's eastern sector, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and is home to sensitive religious Jewish, Muslim and Christian sites. Many governments have long said that the fate of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

    Trump's announcement has set off weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces that have left 12 Palestinians dead.

    Netanyahu has predicted others would follow the U.S. led. He has made great efforts to reach out to Latin America in recent years as part of a campaign to counter longstanding support for the Palestinians at the United Nations.

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    (Published Monday, April 23, 2018)

    The resolution passed by the General Assembly declared the U.S. action on Jerusalem "null and void." The 128-9 vote was a victory for Palestinians, but fell short of the total they had predicted. Thirty-five nations abstained and 21 stayed away from the vote.