Israel deports two Turks detained in Jerusalem

26 December, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Essie Rivera
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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales gives speech in Guatemala City

Guatemala was one of just nine countries to vote against last week's U.N. General Assembly resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recent recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and plans to move the US embassy there.

Morales said in a brief post on his official Facebook page that he made the decision after speaking earlier in the day with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuters reported.

Guatemala, in the early hours of Monday became the second country, to declare its decision to move its Tel Aviv embassy following Trump's lead.

"God bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales, God bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala", Netanyahu said, switching to English, in remarks to a weekly meeting of his Likud party faction in parliament.

Two Palestinians were killed in renewed clashes with Israeli forces, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged France and Europe to play a stronger role in peace efforts amid continued fallout over President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Palestinians and much of the global community have said the status of Jerusalem is to be settled as part of peace negotiations.

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Last Thursday, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution - by a vote of 128 to 9 - calling on Trump to reverse the decision.

Guatemala and Honduras are both reliant on United States funding to improve security in their gang-ridden territories.

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

Morales's position has become fragile in recent months because of allegations of corruption against him being investigated by a special UN-backed body working with Guatemalan prosecutors. Netanyahu said on Twitter, "It is just the beginning and it is important". Thirty-five nations abstained and 21 stayed away from the vote. Some held signs that read "All we want for Christmas is Jerusalem and Justice" and "Hey Donald!"

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


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