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Paraguay president lands in Israel for Jerusalem embassy opening

May 21, 2018

Paraguay’ President Horacio Cartes (3rd-L) is greeted at Ben Gurion International Airport by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan (3rd-R) after landing in Israel to attend the opening of the Paraguayan embassy in Jerusalem, on May 20, 2018. (Foreign Ministry)

Horacio Cartes greeted at airport by Likud minister, who thanks him for his ‘brave leadership’; new mission to be inaugurated Monday

By TOI STAFF 20 May 2018, 11:41 pm Times of Israel

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Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes arrived in Israel Sunday evening ahead of the opening of his country’s embassy in Jerusalem this week.

Cartes was greeted at the airport by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who praised him for moving the Paraguayan embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“I thanked the president for his decision that testifies to the depth of countries’ ties and his brave leadership. Another state leader that chooses truth and strengthens our sovereignty in our capital,” Erdan tweeted.

Paraguay is set to open its new mission in Jerusalem on Monday, making it the third country to do so after the United States and Guatemala opened their embassies in the city last week.

Following the embassy inauguration, Cartes will attend a reception at the Foreign Ministry attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said.

Last month, Cartes said he wanted to relocate the country’s embassy to Jerusalem before the end of his presidential term in August.

The decision has been controversial in Paraguay. It comes less than two months before Mario Abdo Benitez replaces Cartes, and the president-elect has said he wasn’t consulted.

Israel claims the entire city as its eternal capital. Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as their future capital and have been infuriated by the embassy moves.

Most countries maintain embassies in Tel Aviv and have balked at moving them until the international legal status of the city has been resolved in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

In addition to the US, Guatemala and Paraguay, a number of other countries have expressed interest in moving their embassies to Israel, among them Honduras, the Czech Republic and Romania.

US President Donald Trump bucked longstanding international consensus with his December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, when he also announced he would move the embassy to the city.

In a video message shown at Monday’s embassy inauguration, Trump said his recognition was of the “plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” noting that the city houses Israel’s main governmental facilities, Supreme Court, Prime Minister’s Office and president’s home.

He also stressed that the US remains committed to facilitating an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal and called for Israel to preserve the status quo at religious sites in Jerusalem.


People watch as US President Donald Trump speaks in a prerecorded video shown at the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

AP contributed to this report.

Guatemala Opens Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel

May 17, 2018

by Jim Hoft May 17, 2018 Gateway Pundit

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Guatemala became the second country following the United States to open its new embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

Guatemala held an opening ceremony in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday following decades of promises.

Why Trump’s Jerusalem move is triggering a chain reaction

December 7, 2017

Why Trump’s Jerusalem move is triggering a chain reaction, American ThinkerMonica Showalter, December 7, 2017

President Trump’s move to Jerusalem was what opened the floodgates. Seems that going it alone and asserting one’s sovereignty in the name of national interests, not EU and UN diktats or Saudi cash is being recognized by quite a few nations as good for everyone. All it took was President Trump to light the candle. This is wonderful.

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There’s nothing like a little U.S. leadership. President Trump’s announcement that he was moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is seeing a heartening chain reaction as other nations follow our lead. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu says he’s hearing from all kinds of nations now. And the reasons are as much internal to the states following President Trump’s lead as they are supportive of Israel. It seems that to affirm Israel is to affirm oneself.

The Czech Republic wasted no time declaring that it, too, would be moving its capital [embassy?] to Jerusalem. It would make sense, yet it’s a little bit curious. The move has none of the religious overtones that fueled the move in the U.S. The Czechs are one of the most atheistic countries in Europe. But there are other factors: the Czechs surely wanted to throw a sopping mop into the face of its European Union masters who are attempting to foist millions of angry Islamic “refugees” onto the tiny unwilling nation. And it’s possible the Czech leaders, even the lefty they have elected, gets along well with Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. But even more likely, the Czechs and Israelis get along very well as peoples, given that both nations, generally speaking, have a lot of brainy people: intellectuals, people of high culture, and entrepreneurs. There may have been domestic political pressures in the Czech declaration that it would move its capital to Jerusalem.

There’s also a wave of sub-Saharan African states, Christian nations, preparing an exodus to Jerusalem. Many of these states are under threat of Islamicization and Islamist terror, of course. But Ethiopia and Israel have had good relations for years, and Ethiopia is deeply Christian. Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Angola are all nations worth watching, too. In the case of Africa, there’s a repeating cultural motif of love for Israel and the promised land, too, linked to its generally dynamic Christian culture. To move a nation’s embassy to Jerusalem is to signal a fealty to the Lord, and to express something about what one is as a nation, an identity move. South African folk singer Johnny Clegg has a notable song in his repertoire on Jerusalem, Ethiopia has heritage of attachment to Zion, too. Religious factors are likely to run deep in this region’s move toward Jerusalem.

Lastly, there is talk that the Philippines may move its embassy to Jerusalem. This may have a religious aspect, too. But the personal is not to be dismissed here, it’s probably pretty marked. President Duterte of the Philippines is well known for going it alone and he has a significant contempt for Europe’s polite society. What better way to show that than to follow President Trump on Israel now that the Eurotrash and all its human rights investigators is howling about it? Not being an especially virtuous man himself, he can virtue-signal to the Philippines’ religious people about being aligned to Jerusalem to make up for some of his less justifiable actions internally, while annoying the global elites at the same time.

Another factor, which will have to be investigated, but is likely worth looking at is the impact of the great wave of arrests in Saudi Arabia and the oil bust. Saudi cash from the now-arrested princelings has until recently been spread liberally in the U.S. (the Clinton Foundation sopped it up like a sponge) and throughout the third world. The oil bust and the demise of the patrons and their cash has ended a lot of buying off of nations for Arab grievance causes such as terrorist-infested Palestine. No Saudi money, no reason to follow the old agenda – especially since Saudi Arabia under its new ruler isn’t interested in that agenda, either. Saudi Arabia with its new leadership actually wants to get along with Israel. We can await Saudi Arabia’s move to Jerusalem to really shake things up.

But President Trump’s move to Jerusalem was what opened the floodgates. Seems that going it alone and asserting one’s sovereignty in the name of national interests, not EU and UN diktats or Saudi cash is being recognized by quite a few nations as good for everyone. All it took was President Trump to light the candle. This is wonderful.