Guatemalan lawmakers ask their president to move embassy to Jerusalem


(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) Ten representatives from the Guatemalan Congress sent a letter to President Jimmy Morales last Friday asking him to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with Guatamalan President Jimmy Morales on Nov. 29, 2016. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

The letter was also delivered to Member of Knesset Haim Jelin (Yesh Atid), who along with MK Yifat Shasha-Biton (Kulanu) visited Guatemala last week as part of an Israeli legislative delegation to the Central American country.

The Guatemalan lawmakers’ letter followed a report in the Spanish-language Aurora Digital website on Sunday that Guatemala’s Integration Director Sandra Hovel had expressed the country’s support for President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Speaking at a meeting of Latin American foreign ministers, Hovel called Guatemala “an ally of the state of Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hosted Morales in Jerusalem last year. He told the Guatemalan president at the time, “Latin America has always been friendly to Israel, but I think we’re at a position where these relationships can be far, far, far advanced.”

Posted on December 11, 2017 .