Following on the heels of the United States’ announcement that it would be opening its American Embassy in Jerusalem in May 2018, Guatemala quickly followed suit. And now, Paraguay and Honduras have also announced that they are ready “in principle” to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. At least 10 other countries also are in talks to move their own missions, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said.
World Israel News At the recent AIPAC Policy Conference, President Jimmy Morales announced that Guatemala would move its embassy to Jerusalem “two days after the United States moves its embassy,” tentatively scheduled for May 14.
“All Israeli central institutions are in Jerusalem, and the ambassadors and embassy’s staff are commuting from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” he said, essentially echoing President Donald Trump’s reasoning about recognizing Jerusalem as Israel capital.
After the US recognition, Netanyahu expressed confidence that most European countries will follow Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“I believe that all or most of the European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and engage robustly with us for security, prosperity and peace,” Netanyahu said in Brussels last Monday ahead of a meeting with all 28 foreign ministers of European Union (EU) member states.
President Milos Zeman has also expressed his desire to move the Czech Republic’s embassy to Jerusalem. Romanian Parliament chief Liviu Dragnea stated in December that he thinks his country “should seriously consider moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
In April 2017, the Russian Foreign Ministry made a similar move to recognize “west Jerusalem” as the Israeli capital.