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"Guatemalan Embassy, welcome home!" said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun A female demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest against US embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2018.

Last year, the Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales signed a decree on the transfer of the country's Embassy in Israel from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Munchin, left, and daughter of US President Donald Trump, Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump, unveil a dedication plaque during the official opening ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.

The White House pushed forward with its inauguration Monday, while Israeli forces using live fire on crowds of Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the deeply controversial opening.

The high-profile opening of the US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem raised tensions to the boiling point this week.

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem
Guatemala joins the US in moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, and see the USA move as backing Israeli control over the whole of the city.

So far, Paraguay is the only other country to announce it will open an embassy in Jerusalem, though a number of Latin American and Central European countries have indicated they may follow suit. You were always among the first.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of committing genocide, calling it a terrorist state, and pulled ambassadors from Tel Aviv and Washington. "I thank President Jimmy Morales Cabrera of Guatemala for his courageous decision and am honored that we will be opening the embassy in the capital of Israel".

The Palestinians castigated Guatemala over the opening of its Jerusalem embassy earlier Wednesday, accusing the Central American nation of violating global law and using Christianity to justify the move.

Nearly half a century on, Guatemala's new position can be seen as both a parroting of USA foreign policy and as a chance to strengthen relations with Israel, from which it buys most of its arms.

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