The president of Guatemala says the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted earlier this week with the United States when the UN General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on his official Facebook account Sunday that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he decided to instruct his foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.
The resolution passed as the UN declared the US action on Jerusalem ‘null and void’.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned fellow nations that President Trump would be taken note of the countries who defied America in the count.
The 128-9 vote was a victory for Palestinians but fell short of the total they had predicted. DailyMail
Guatemala and Honduras voted with the U.S. against the UN motion rejecting the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Two nations in this category stick out: Guatemala and Honduras.
Both nations, which have seen steep surges of emigration to the U.S., are desperate for an immigration accord with the U.S. Guatemala’s president, Jimmy Morales, who was elected a few years ago as the Guatemalan Trump on an anti-corruption platform, likely has real sympathies with the U.S. leadership. It’s also obvious that he has some needs, too. Last September, he laid this out at the U.N., according to U.N. News:
“Institutional and international action on migration was an important issue for Guatemala, President Morales continued, including partnership with Mexico, Honduras and the United States. Guatemala was counting on the efforts of Member States to negotiate an agreement on safe, regular and orderly migration. Turning to the situation of the so-called “dreamers” in the United States, he said Guatemala hoped that the American people’s sense of humanity would lead to the US Senate adopting legislation that would allow “dreamers” to enjoy legal status in that country.”
Should these countries be rewarded with amnesty for their illegal emigrants over this vote? Maybe not a full amnesty, but it wouldn’t hurt for us to help them out, given that it took a lot of courage to give those “no” votes. Perhaps extended temporary protected status for Honduran and Guatemalan nationals would be workable, which Honduras got as a six-month extension few weeks ago and seemed grateful for. Extending it also would send a message to the others (such as El Salvador, a gigantic exporter of illegal aliens, which is seeking an extension for its own 195,000 nationals here illegally in the states in January) that good things come to nations that vote to respect U.S. sovereignty at the U.N.
The net effect of this “no” vote assures us that this really matters to these countries and that they are going to meet us halfway in obtaining their goals. Call it the art of the deal. AmericanThinker