In May, Guatemala will move its embassy to Jerusalem, two days after the US embassy move. This was announced by President Jimmy Morales on Sunday at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington.
Already in December, the Central American state had recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Morales met Netanyahu at the conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington. He justified his decision with the sentence: “It is the right thing to do.”
“There’s a rule – the reciprocity rule. We believe that, with Israel, we have been good friends ever since the establishment of the Jewish state,” he commented in an interview with the Jerusalem Post. What he exactly meant with this statement, however, he did not specify.
In his address to the committee, Morales said that Trump’s move “opened space” for other nations to do what they know to be right – but for one reason or another did not have the courage or conviction to do so.
Jimmy Morales affirms the friendship between Guatemala and Israel on Twitter
Hoy sostuve un agradable encuentro con el Primer Ministro Israelí Benjamin @netanyahu, quien agradeció la decisión de trasladar la embajada de Guatemala a la ciudad de Jerusalén. La alianza entre los pueblos de Israel 🇮🇱 y Guatemala 🇬🇹 es más sólida que nunca. Bendiciones. pic.twitter.com/RFVtd0jnZq
— Jimmy Morales (@jimmymoralesgt) March 4, 2018
Cover Photo: Morales and Netanyahu in Washington / Source: @jimmymoralesgt on Twitter