Israel Welcomes Guatemala's Announcement on Future Embassy Move

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The 128-9 vote was a victory for Palestinians, but fell short of the total they had predicted.

The demonstrators were protesting Washington's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that sparked outrage and a wave of anti-American riots in some Arab and Muslim-majority countries.

She spoke a day after Guatemala said it would move its embassy to the city, a move slammed by Palestinian officials as "shameful".

Abbas on a visit to Paris urged France and Europe to play a stronger role in peace efforts, insisting he'll no longer accept any USA plans for Mideast peace because of the Trump's position on Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as the administration siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.

Guatemala and Israel were joined by Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo in voting with the United States and opposing the measure.

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

In a Facebook post, Morales said that he had a discussion with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu- after the talks he made a decision to instruct the foreign ministry to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahu said on Twitter, "It is just the beginning and it is important". "God bless both our countries - Israel and Guatemala!" 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.

As a sequel to that, the UN General Assembly voted to adopt a non-binding resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

Israelis see the whole of the city as their undivided capital while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

Trump upended decades of US policy with his December 6 announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Trump, however, has not set any deadline to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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