Guatemala Becomes Second Country To Move Israeli Embassy To Jerusalem

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The protests were held against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem while it was coincided with the Nakaba day anniversary, commemorating the establishment of Israel state seventy years ago.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, as the capital of their future independent Palestinian state.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales attended the opening Wednesday morning of the embassy in the Technological Park of southern Jerusalem's Malha neighborhood. You were always among the first.

Israeli ambassador to Turkey Eitan Na'eh left waits at Ataturk International Airport before his flight to Israel in Istanbul Wednesday

Morales said Israel and Guatemala have a "deep friendship", hoping that other countries will follow the same move.

Guatemala is the first country to follow the USA by opening its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, just days after deadly protests rocked the Gaza border leaving dozens of Palestinians dead.

And Al Jazeera reports Paraguay plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem by the end of May.

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Trump's move reversed decades of U.S. policy, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.

Trump's move broke with decades of worldwide consensus that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between the parties, drawing near global condemnation.

Nearly half a century on, Guatemala's new position can be seen as both a parroting of USA foreign policy and as a chance to strengthen relations with Israel, from which it buys most of its arms. The Trump administration has said the city's final borders should be decided by the parties. Those relations are based on the commitment to global law, United Nations resolutions and human rights.

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Most world powers do not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the entire city and says its final status should be set in peace negotiations.

The US embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem on Monday in an event attended by a large high-level American delegation, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and Israeli leaders.

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. Israel considers Jerusalem its undivided capital, but almost all countries have opted to maintain embassies in Tel Aviv because of the holy city's contested status.

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