More Countries Considering Moving Embassies to Yerushalayim

Countries backing US' Jerusalem move under US shadow

Guatemala's announcement on Sunday came after two-thirds of United Nations member states approved a motion rejecting US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday summoned the representative of Romania, following announcement that the country is seriously considering moving its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in addition to voting against United Nations General Assembly decision of the status of Jerusalem.

Yedioth Aharonot reported that Katz approved the construction plans for the train, which will include a three kilometer tunnel from the "Umma" (Nation) station at the entrance to the city to the Kardo in the Jewish Quarter, only a short distance from the Western Wall.

This was the first time the USA exercised its veto since Trump became President.

But it would run close to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where tradition holds that Jesus was crucified and buried, and a contested holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said the change amounts to "a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign", and that Guatemala has no intention of changing their mind.

Katz's plan is in its initial planning stages.

However, Israel's Ambassador to Guatemala, Mattanya Cohen, told local television that Guatemala would only move its embassy after the US, and that could take years, according to Haaretz.

The proposed stop would be near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, right in the middle of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians envisage as their future capital.

The move comes after Trump unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and has prompted worldwide criticism and sparked protests across the world. The Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed line is expected to open next spring.

But the move has prompted weeks of protest in Arab and Muslim countries around the world and numerous "days of rage" in Jerusalem, Israel and the West Bank.

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