Following Trump's lead, Guatemala to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian embassy in Tel Aviv

US President Donald Trump had earlier in the month formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as making plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that by boycotting peace efforts led by the United States, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has demonstrated that he is not interested in resolving the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

"For this reason I am informing you that I have given instructions to the foreign ministry that it start the necessary respective coordination to make this happen", Morales wrote.

On Dec. 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is being strongly opposed by the worldwide community.

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Guatemala and neighboring Honduras were two of only a handful of countries to join the United States and Israel in voting against the resolution on Jerusalem.

A total of 128 members voted in favor of the Jerusalem resolution, nine countries voted against and 35 others abstained. Guatemala was one of them. No country now has an embassy in the holy city, which has particular significance for Muslims, Christians and Jews. 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.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as their capital.

Abbas broke with Washington over its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital earlier this month, deeming the United States a "dishonest mediator" and declaring that the Palestinians would not accept any peace plan proposed by the Americans.

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