United States moves Israeli embassy to Jerusalem


Israel celebrated the opening of Guatemala's new embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday as the Palestinians, infuriated by the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the contested city, recalled their ambassadors to four European countries that had supported the move.

US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Munchin, left, and daughter of US President Donald Trump, Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump, unveil a dedication plaque during the official opening ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. The Trump administration has said the city's final borders should be decided by the parties.

Guatemala was one of only a few nations that backed Trump's decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and is only the second country to move its embassy to the holy city. "You deserve a better future", the leaflets said.

Verdict: Guatemala has said it will move its embassy to Jerusalem and there are reports that other countries may follow.

The embassy openings have been strongly opposed by the Palestinians and much of the worldwide community. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized.

Netanyahu hailed the opening of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem as "the beginning of something extraordinary" in the relationship between the two countries.

The White House pushed forward with its inauguration Monday, while Israeli forces using live fire on crowds of Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the deeply controversial opening.

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He said: "Our people went out today to respond to this new Zionist-American aggression, and to draw by their blood the map of their return".

The death toll included 57 killed by gunfire and a baby who was overcome by tear gas inhalation.

Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the Gaza violence. "The Hamas terrorist organization declares it intends to destroy Israel and sends thousands to breach the border fence in order to achieve this goal".

But to both Israel and the Palestinians, the American gesture is widely seen as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in their longstanding conflict.

Guatemala opened an Embassy after the United States. He announced a general strike on Tuesday.

This is not the first time Guatemala has mimicked a USA decision when it comes to Israel.