As announced Sunday, Guatemala will be the first country to join the United States in moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, whose election in 2015 was seen as marking the potential for closer relations with Israel, has already spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the move.
“We have a Christian way of thinking that, as well as the politics of it, has us believing that Israel is our ally and we must support it,” said Morales. “Despite us only being nine in the world, we have the total certainty and conviction that this is the right path.”
Guatemala was one of only eight countries to join the US last week in voting against a UN resolution condemning President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Other countries to support Trump include Honduras, Togo, and a handful of small Pacific nations. Countries to abstain from the vote include Canada, Australia, Poland, and Mexico.
“Viva Guatemala! It takes courage for a superpower to stand up for justice and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital. But it takes even more – immense guts – for a small nation to do that,” wrote Israel’s deputy minister for diplomacy, Michael Oren. “People of Guatemala, the people of Israel will never forget your support and bravery.”
Guatemala’s decision is unlikely to have any real impact in terms of international diplomacy, but it is a good sign that not all countries are chained to the idea of political correctness.
Congress passed a law in 1995 demanding the US embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Ever since, presidents have been issuing six-month waivers to delay the move. On December 6th, President Trump announced that the US would finally honor the 1995 law and move the embassy, recognizing Israel as the capital of Jerusalem.
The announcement was met with protests in the Middle East and condemnation from the United Nations. Clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli security forces have already claimed the lives of 12 people.
Neither Trump nor Morales has set a timeline for moving the embassies.
Editor’s note: It appears that at least 10 countries have stepped up now to join Guatemala. Once again Trump steps up and has the balls to make a correct decision and enables others to go against the wrongheaded but politically correct majority. There should never be a doubt that we should support our allies.