Guatemala's embassy move 'illegal'

In touch with 10 countries to shift embassies from Tel Aviv

The United States can not ethically act as a peace broker in the Middle East, due to its stated bias and violations of global law, said Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as the capital of Israel.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that he was ordering his country's embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite a United Nations vote last week condemning US President Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally view the holy city as Israel's capital. While no hints of what that peace offer may entail have been released, Capitol Hill observers have suggested that Kushner would reveal the contents of a new deal in early 2018. Foreign embassies and most other diplomatic missions, including the U.S. Embassy, are based in Tel Aviv. The Western Wall is part of the structure that once held Jerusalem's holy temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Yisrael Katz's plan, now in the initial stages, involves constructing two underground stations and excavating over 3km of tunnel beneath downtown Jerusalem and under the politically sensitive Old City.

Congress passed a law in 1995 that ordered the US embassy to be located in Jerusalem, but every USA president since the mandate became law made a decision to delay it, arguing that a relocation must come through negotiations, not a decree.

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Jerusalem was restored as the de facto capital of Israel after the Jewish people regained control of the city in 1967, for the first time in roughly 2,000 years.

It annexed the entire city in 1980 claiming it as the Jewish state's "undivided and eternal capital" - a move never recognized by the global community. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem and the Old City, home to Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy sites, as capital of a future state.

The result would link Jerusalem to Tel Aviv by high-speed rail.

Trump's claim that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel has has enraged Palestinians and much of the Muslim world.

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