Israel's Foreign Ministry has praised a decision by the president of Guatemala for the Central American country to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying the announcement represented "true friendship" between the two countries. "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said.
Israel is in touch with "at least ten countries" over the possible transfer of their embassies to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as Israel's capital, a deputy minister said today.
"God bless you, my friend, President Morales", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, referring to his Guatemalan counterpart, Jimmy Morales.
Meanwhile, Palestinian authorities denounced the decision.
His death brings to 11 the number of Palestinians killed since US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 that he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.
No country now has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.
"We talked about the excellent relations we have had since Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel".
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Some of the U.S.'s closest allies condemned the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
"Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. One of the most relevant issues was the return of the Embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem", Morales wrote on Facebook.
Guatemala and Israel were joined by Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo in voting with the United States and opposing the measure.
The Palestinians and much of the global community have said the status of Jerusalem is to be settled as part of peace negotiations.
Last Thursday, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution - by a vote of 128 to 9 - calling on Trump to reverse the decision.
The resolution passed by the General Assembly declared the U.S. action on Jerusalem "null and void".