ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נשיא הונדורס חואן אורלנדו הרננדס ברזיליה
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo: Reuters
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Honduras hopes to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem by end of year

Honduran President Hernandez announces the move in a bid to strengthen the strategic alliance between both nations following similar proclamations by Kosovo and Serbia

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Published: 09.21.20 , 09:38
Honduras hopes to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv by the end of 2020, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
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  • "To strengthen our strategic alliance, we spoke to arrange the opening of the embassies in Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem, respectively," Hernandez wrote on Twitter. "We hope to take this historic step before the end of the year, as long as the pandemic allows it."
    ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נשיא הונדורס חואן אורלנדו הרננדס ברזיליהראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נשיא הונדורס חואן אורלנדו הרננדס ברזיליה
    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The Central American nation has signaled in the past that it may move its embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahu said the intention was to open and inaugurate their embassies before the end of the year. Israel currently has no embassy in Honduras but opened a diplomatic office there last month.
    Only two countries - the United States and Guatemala - have already opened embassies in Jerusalem. The Honduran statement followed announcements by U.S. President Donald Trump and Netanyahu this month who said Kosovo and Serbia would also open embassies in Jerusalem.
    The status of Jerusalem has been one of the thorniest issues in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    בניין אליו תעבור  שגרירות ארה"ב ב ירושליםבניין אליו תעבור  שגרירות ארה"ב ב ירושלים
    The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem
    (Photo: TPS)
    The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War, as the capital of a future state. Israel regards all of the city as its capital, including the eastern sector over which it extended its sovereignty after 1967.
    Last Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements in Washington to establish formal ties with Israel, a move forged partly through shared fears of Iran but one that could leave the Palestinians further isolated.
    Trump hosted the White House ceremony, capping a month when first the UAE and then Bahrain agreed to reverse decades of ill will without a resolution of Israel's dispute with the Palestinians.
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