Palestinians recall ambassadors from 4 European Union states over US Embassy celebration

Israel Palestinians spar over new Jerusalem embassies

Israel Palestinians spar over new Jerusalem embassies

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on site for the grand opening early Wednesday.

Guatemala inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem, the second country to move its main diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv. "You were the second country to recognise Israel", Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948.

USA president Donald Trump announced his decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American embassy there, triggering a joyous reaction from Mr Netanyahu's government.

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Morales said his country, Israel and the United States "share friendship, courage and loyalty".

"The Guatemalan government has chosen to stand on the wrong side of history, to side with violations of global law and human rights, and to take a hostile step against the Palestinian people and the Arab world", Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said Wednesday.

The Jordanian government also denounced Guatemala for moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

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Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community.

Meanwhile, Guatemala inaugurated its Israel Embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. The United States opened its Jerusalem embassy in the southern Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood on Monday.

The ministry "sees this participation as a grave breach of global law and United Nations resolutions which confirm that Jerusalem has been occupied since 1967 and ban countries from moving their embassies there", the statement said.

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We will remind, in result of the riots on the administrative border of the Gaza strip killed 58 Palestinians, 2700 were wounded and injured.

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