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    Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

    Guatemalaís president has announced that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first country to follow the lead of US president Donald Trump in ordering the change.

    Guatemala was one of nine countries that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday when the UN general assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing Trumpís recognition of Jerusalem as Israelís capital.

    Trump didnít set any timetable for moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and neither did Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales.

    In a post on his official Facebook account on Christmas Eve, Morales said following talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he decided to instruct the foreign ministry to move the embassy.

    No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

    Trump upended decades of US policy with his announcement on December that he was recognising Jerusalem as Israelís capital, which Palestinians saw as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

    Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians claim the cityís eastern sector, which was captured by Israel in 1967 and is home to sensitive religious sites. Many governments have long said that the fate of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

    Trumpís announcement has set off weeks of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces that have left 12 Palestinians dead.

    Netanyahu has predicted others would follow the US led. He has made great efforts to reach out to Latin America in recent years as part of a campaign to counter longstanding support for the Palestinians at the United Nations.
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    Sounds like we are beginning to see who are true friends in the world are.

    Good move by Guatemala!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Sounds like we are beginning to see who are true friends in the world are.

    Good move by Guatemala!
    This Morales in Guatemala is simply kowtowing before Trump. Same like Maduro in Venezuela - before Putin All the banana republics have own patrons. That's all it is
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    This Morales in Guatemala is simply kowtowing before Trump. Same like Maduro in Venezuela - before Putin All the banana republics have own patrons. That's all it is
    Maybe.

    But it's still a smart political move. I would whether make friends with America and Israel than Hezbollah or Hamas....
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    Guatemala and the U.S. have an interesting history. For much of the Cold War, they were THE banana republic, essentially a colony of United Fruit. We straight-up installed a military dictator in 1954 over a democratically elected left-leaning regime. This led to a decades-long civil war between the U.S.-backed military and leftist guerillas. However, the U.S. eventually apologized, supported genuine democratic reform, and played a key role in amicably solving the conflict. For this reason the U.S. is extraordinarily popular in Guatemala and has been for about 20 years. Their government closely follows our lead, in whatever direction, on matters of international concern. This development has very little to do with Israel.
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    Also, Guatemala is one of the small handful of states that has full diplomatic relations with Taiwan, although because of how fucked up that situation is, they officially recognize Taiwan as the "Republic of China," the legitimate government of all Chinese-cultured nations, even though Taiwan has longsince abandoned that claim in all practical fact and is currently governed by Taiwanese nationalists. Consequently Guatemala has no relations with mainland China.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Maybe.

    But it's still a smart political move. I would whether make friends with America and Israel than Hezbollah or Hamas....
    I’d rather be an independent country with basic integrity and a shred of human pride.

    To each their own I suppose.

    I can totally see why the government of Guatemala would buckle to a tyrant in order to get food and water and medicine. They don’t want to. They’re forced to.

    Not sure why anyone would WANT to do it.
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