Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Israel deports two Turks detained in Jerusalem

Israel deports two Turks detained in Jerusalem

The move followed the historic declaration earlier in the month by U.S. President Donald Trump, formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and deciding to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. 128 countries including India had voted in favour of the controversial move.

Guatemala on Sunday announced that the country will shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Netanyahu said on Twitter, "It is just the beginning and it is important".

Israel called Guatemala's vote "courageous".

In a post on his official Facebook account Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he chose to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.

The Palestinians have declared the Guatemalan decision, "a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem".

The North American country was one of the nine countries that had opposed the United Nations' resolution denouncing Donald Trump's decision to move USA embassy to Jerusalem.

The resolution passed at the United Nations declared the U.S. action on Jerusalem "null and void".

Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognised by the global community. In a move never recognized by the worldwide community, it annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the Jewish state's "eternal and undivided" capital.

Donald Trump upended decades of U.S. policy with his December 6 announcement that he was recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Abbas on a visit to Paris urged France and Europe to play a stronger role in peace efforts, insisting he'll no longer accept any US plans for Mideast peace because of the Trump's position on Jerusalem, which Palestinians see as the administration siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict.

No country now has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.

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