After US, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem


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, always among the first.We remember our friends, and Guatemala is our friend - then and now", Netanyahu went on, recalling that Guatemala was the second nation, after the United States, to recognize Israel in May 1948. Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States.

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

Turkey has expressed outrage over the killing by Israeli forces on Monday of 60 Palestinians during protests and clashes on the Gaza border and also blamed tensions on the United States decision to move its embassy for Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

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

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Ankara also withdrew its ambassador to Washington Serdar Kilic for consultations after the bloodshed, which came on the same day the embassy move took place.

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.

Guatemala is one of only a handful of nations that supported U.S. President Donald Trump's decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Arab League and the French government called the embassy relocations illegal and a contravention of United Nations Security Council resolutions involving Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.

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