Guatemala Becomes Second Nation to Open Embassy in Jerusalem

May 17, 2018
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and their wives at the opening of the new Guatemalan embassy in Jerusalem.

Thursday, 17 May 2018 | Guatemala became the second country to open its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

At the dedication ceremony, held at Jerusalem’s Malha Technological Park, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem goes “hand in hand” with the opening of the United States embassy in Israel’s capital two days before.

In his remarks, Netanyahu highlighted the friendly relationship that both countries have shared since 1948 when Guatemala became the second country, after the US, to recognize the State of Israel.

Netanyahu mentioned that in Israel, there is a Guatemala Street “about a kilometer from here in Jerusalem” and in many Israeli cities in honor of former Guatemalan Ambassador to the United Nations Jorge Garcia Granados, who was critical in convincing Latin American countries to favorably vote for General Assembly Resolution 181 which called for the partition of Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and Arab state.

“We remember our friends, and Guatemala is our friend—then and now,” Netanyahu said.

At the ceremony, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales highlighted the friendly relationship that the US, Israel and Guatemala share: “70 years ago the US and Guatemala voted in favor of partition,” he said. “Three friends that share friendship and loyalty.”

Around 150 people attended the ceremony including US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, businessman Sheldon Adelson, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat along with several Guatemalan politicians.

Netanyahu said that he plans to visit Latin America by the end of this year and that he will stop in Guatemala.

Outgoing Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes announced a week ago that his nation will also move its embassy to Jerusalem before the month of May is over.

Posted on May 17, 2018

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on 16 May 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO