WORLD 'God bless you', Netanyahu tells Guatemalan president over Jerusalem embassy move

WORLD

'God bless you', Netanyahu tells Guatemalan president over Jerusalem embassy move

Reuters

02:36, December 26, 2017


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A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Western Wall (C) in Jerusalem's Old City December 6, 2017. Photo: Reuters /  Ammar Awad

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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Guatemala, November 24, 2017.  Photo: Reuters / Luis Echeverria 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales with a “God bless you” on Monday over his decision to move the Central American country’s embassy to Jerusalem.

In a short post on his official Facebook account on Sunday, Morales said he had chosen to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv - siding with the United States in a dispute over Jerusalem’s status - after talking to Netanyahu.

US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec 6, reversing decades of U.S. policy and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.

On Thursday, 128 countries defied Trump by backing a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution calling on the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem.

“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.

Guatemala and neighboring Honduras were two of only a handful of countries to join Israel and the United States, which has pledged to move its embassy to Jerusalem, in voting against the UN resolution.

“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.

Guatemala and neighboring Honduras were two of only a handful of countries to join Israel and the United States, which has pledged to move its embassy to Jerusalem, in voting against the U.N. resolution.

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