On December 6, President Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there from Tel Aviv. An international outcry immediately followed and the next day Saeb Erekat, who had been the Palestinian's chief negotiator for years, declared that the "two-state solution is over." This past Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution, 128 to 9, that would bar other countries from moving their embassies to Jerusalem. But the U.S. can take solace in the fact that one country decided to move their embassy anyway.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales made the announcement on Facebook:
The Spanish roughly translates to:
Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. We talked about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel. One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem. I am informing you that I have instructed the Chancellor to initiate the respective coordination to make it happen. God bless you.
Social media reactions poured in. Apparently there's a Trump-like problem in Guatemala:
Others had concerns about the political implications:
Though some Guatemalans clapped back at the idea that the move has to do with U.S. aid:
But that didn't stop people from speculating:
And one man gave a thanks-but-no-thanks to Guatemala:
Unfortunately, the support of Guatemala hardly lends credibility to the Trump administration's decision, and the ramifications are far from over.
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