Guatemala Becomes Second Country to Open Jerusalem Embassy

Guatemala has opened an embassy in Jerusalem two days after the U.S. moved its embassy to the contested capital city, sparking furious protests that ended in the killing of 60 Palestinians.

Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian protesters 21 May 2018 after President Trump’s pledge to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was fulfilled, taking tensions between Israel and Palestine to boiling point.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the Guatemalan embassy’s opening 23 May 2018 in west Jerusalem. “It’s not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first. You were always among the first. You were the second country to recognize Israel,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony. Paraguay has said it will follow the U.S. and Guatemala by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of May.

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