Paraguay changed its mind on Jerusalem. Israel reacted swiftly

Paraguay changed its mind on Jerusalem. Israel reacted swiftly

Paraguay has reversed a decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after just three months, prompting anger from Israel which responded by shuttering its embassy in Asunción and recalling its ambassador.

The nation of Paraguay has chose to move its embassy back to Tel Aviv after initially being one of a small handful of nations that had joined the United States in opening embassies in Jerusalem. Only nine nations voted against the measure: the USA and Israel (predictably), Guatemala, Honduras, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Togo. His successor, Mario Abdo, also a member of the conservative Colorado Party, took office last month.

"Israel views with great severity the unusual decision of Paraguay, which will cloud bilateral relations", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Palestinians, who were infuriated by the embassy moves, particularly America's, celebrated Paraguay's reversal.

"Paraguay wants to contribute to an intensification of regional diplomatic efforts to achieve a broad, fair and lasting peace in the Middle East", Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Castiglioni told reporters.

Paraguay's former president Horacio Cartes traveled to Jerusalem to inaugurate the embassy in May.

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Paraguay's previous leader, Horacio Cartes, made a decision to move the embassy in Israel in May, shortly after US President Donald Trump did the same.

Foreign affairs minister Riyad al-Maliki said the Palestinian move was "a mark of esteem for the courageous position of the Paraguayan government". Jerusalem has been a fundamental issue that has stalled previous negotiations, but Trump has said it is now "off the table".

The statement said Malki "expresses his appreciation and gratitude to the Paraguayan president and his foreign minister for moving the embassy back and for their commitment to worldwide law". Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war along with the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, territories the Palestinians want for their future state.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), had condemned the opening of the Paraguayan embassy in Jerusalem.

Cartes, leader at the time, hailed it a "historic event" that "has profound significance" and expressed "Paraguay's honest friendship and full solidarity with Israel".

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