Guatemala says it is moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Hamas leader responds to UN vote by calling for day of blood in West Bank

On Dec. 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is being strongly opposed by the worldwide community.

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

Other countries named amid the speculation of the Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem move included the Philippines, Romania and South Sudan.

In November 2016, Morales was welcomed in Israel by government officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and the Knesset speaker, Yuli Edelstein, all of who thanked Guatemala for its early support of Israel.

Despite an worldwide backlash, President Donald Trump recently recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, The Hill noted.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital puts the United States out of step with the rest of the world, and legitimises Israeli settlement-building in the east - considered illegal under worldwide law.

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In an interview with Israel Radio, Hotovely refused to name the countries she was in talks with but Channel 10 reported that Honduras was the next likely country to follow suit from its neighbouring Guatemala.

Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday when the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing Mr Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said. "God bless both our countries - Israel and Guatemala!"

Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognised by the global community.

Trump upended decades of USA policy with his December 6 announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In 1967, Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan and declared the whole city as its "eternal indivisible capital" in 1980. Trump, however, has not set any deadline to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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