Israel Welcomes Guatemala's Announcement on Future Embassy Move

Guatemala was one of seven countries to join the United States and Israel in voting against the resolution.

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

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top Turkish officials have remained at the forefront of global opposition to the US move.

Israel is welcoming Guatemala's decision to follow the United States in planning to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (L) in Jerusalem on November 29, 2016. "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said.

The eight countries on the U.S. side of the vote were: Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

'The state of Palestine will act with regional and global partners to oppose this illegal decision'.

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Trump didn't set a timetable for moving the U.S. Embassy, and neither did Guatemala's president.

'The state of Palestine considers this as a flagrant act of hostility against the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and worldwide law, ' it said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to play tour guide to Christian pilgrims in a message relayed from Jerusalem, whose recognition as Israel's capital by US President Donald Trump has split global Christian opinion. Nineteen years later, in June 1967, Israel captured the eastern side, expanded the city's boundaries and annexed it - an act that was never recognised internationally.

Several mainly Latin American countries had diplomatic missions in Jerusalem until a 1980 UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's attempt to alter the "character and status" of the city, saying it was a barrier to peace.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital puts the United States out of step with the rest of the world, and legitimises Israeli settlement-building in the east - considered illegal under global law.

The announcement makes Guatemala the first country to follow the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

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