We reject #Guatemala decision to move embassy to #Jerusalem & condemn it as absurd provocation, violation of international law. Occupied Jerusalem is capital of #Palestinian state which must be established on June 4 1967 lines on basis of 2-state solution as only path to peace— Ayman Safadi (@AymanHsafadi) December 25, 2017
President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala announced on Sunday that the Central American country will be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in the near future. "Today I spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu," Morales wrote on Facebook. "We spoke...One of the most relevant topics was the return of the Embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem. I inform you that I have given instructions to the Chancellor [Foreign Minister] to initiate the process to make it possible. God bless you."Majdi al-Khalidi, adviser to Palestinian Authority President Abbas, responded to Guatemala's announcement by telling the Jerusalem Post, “This is a disappointing decision that we must fight by the way of political and diplomatic measures." While he did not elaborate on what measures the Palestinian Authority would take, al-Khalidi added that: “According to the UN General Assembly’s decision, no country has the right to move its embassy to Jerusalem or recognize the city as Israel’s capital. All decisions to move embassies to Jerusalem are null and void and illegal.”After Trump's announcement, Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Jordanian capital of Amman, calling for their government to cut ties with Israel. A peace treaty was established between Israel and Jordan in October 1994.
Adam Rasgon, Anna Ahronheim and Herb Keninon contributed to this report.