Israel in touch with '10 countries' over Jerusalem embassy move

The head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip Yehya Sinwar

The country became the first to follow the United States in this regard after the US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 128 countries including India had voted in favour of the controversial move.

She spoke a day after Guatemala said it would move its embassy to the city, a move slammed by Palestinian officials as "shameful".

After speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Morales announced on his Facebook account that one of the most important topics they discussed was the "return of Guatemala's embassy to Jerusalem" from its current location in Tel Aviv. "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said.

Though Trump said he was merely recognizing reality and not prejudging negotiations on the future borders of the city, Palestinians saw the move as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on his official Facebook account on Sunday that after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he chose to instruct his foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Trump administration says recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a "reflection of reality" and that the physical location of the embassy has no bearing on the US commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East.

Falcons dump Bucs to stay in NFC South chase
Sweezy (lower leg), Adarius Glanton (leg injury), safety Justin Evans (ankle) and defensive end Robert Ayers (stinger). Last week's 20-17 win over the Saints also has them back in the thick of a three-team race for the NFC South title.

As a sequel to that, the UN General Assembly voted to adopt a non-binding resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognised by the worldwide community.

In 1967, Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan and declared the whole city as its "eternal indivisible capital" in 1980.

Trump's December 6 announcement has triggered weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, which have left 12 Palestinians dead.

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

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