Israel deports two Turkish citizens detained in Jerusalem protests

Other countries named amid the speculation of the Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem move included the Philippines, Romania and South Sudan. "So far we have only seen the beginning", she said.

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

Israel is in touch with "at least ten countries" over the possible transfer of their embassies to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as Israel's capital, a deputy minister said today.

The Palestinians have declared the Guatemalan decision, "a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem". Trump, however, has not set any deadline to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "We discussed the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel", Morales wrote on his official Facebook account.

"Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu". "One of the most important topics [of the conversation] was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem".

Tension has mounted in the Palestinian territories since December 6, when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, drawing protest and condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world.

Israel called Guatemala's vote "courageous".

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.

Palestinians considered the United States move to be as siding with Israel. Many governments have long said that the fate of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

Several mainly Latin American countries had diplomatic missions in Jerusalem until a 1980 UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's attempt to alter the "character and status" of the city, saying it was a barrier to peace.

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