27 רחובות בגוואטמלה נקראו על שם "ירושלים בירת ישראל"
27 Streets in Guatemala are named after Jerusalem
Photo: Courtesy of Israel Embassy in Guatemala
The 27th street in Guatemala to be named after Jerusalem

Guatemala names 27 streets after Jerusalem 'the capital of Israel'

Central American country was the first to follow the U.S. and move it's embassy to Jerusalem; since then, 27 cities, including the capital, have streets named 'Jerusalem capital of Israel'

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 10.13.21, 11:22
Israeli ambassador in Guatemala earlier this week inaugurated a street named "Jerusalem the capital of Israel," which was the twenty seventh street in the country to be named after the city in the past two years.
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  • The ambassador, Matanya Cohen, attended the ceremony in the city of La Gomera, where he was joined by the mayor and local dignitaries.
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    27 רחובות בגוואטמלה נקראו על שם "ירושלים בירת ישראל"
    27 רחובות בגוואטמלה נקראו על שם "ירושלים בירת ישראל"
    The 27th street in Guatemala to be named after Jerusalem
    (Photo: Israeli Embassy in Guatemala)
    The Israeli Embassy in Guatemala launched a new initiative to name streets, squares and parks throughout the country after Jerusalem following Guatemala's decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital in May of 2018 and move its embassy to Jerusalem.
    Guatemala became the second country to do so after the United States, a move initiated by former President Donald Trump. Just two days after the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, former Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales inaugurated the embassy of Guatemala in Jerusalem with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
    The idea is personal initiative of Ambassador Cohen. "The intention was for the cities of Guatemala to display their friendship with Jerusalem," he said.
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    27 רחובות בגוואטמלה נקראו על שם "ירושלים בירת ישראל"
    27 רחובות בגוואטמלה נקראו על שם "ירושלים בירת ישראל"
    A street in Guatemala named 'Jerusalem Capital of Israel'
    (Photo: Courtesy of Israel Embassy in Guatemala)
    "On June 2018, a month after the embassy was relocated to Jerusalem, the first city joined the initiative. Since then, other cities including the capital, Guatemala City -which is the only capital in the world with a street name 'Jerusalem capital of Israel' -joined in," said Cohen.
    According to Cohen, he no longer needs to convince the mayors to join the project since more than 50% of Guatemalan residents are evangelical Christians who are very supportive of Israel.
    "Former president's decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem did something spiritual to them," said the envoy.
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    שלט על בניין טקס פתיחת שגרירות גואטמלה ב ירושלים
    Guatemalan Embassy in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The ambassador also said he received requests from mayors all over Guatemala, and he hopes that by next summer the initiative will have spread to 34 cities, which is 10% of all the cities in the country. "I will arrive personally to each city to inaugurate the new street named after Jerusalem."
    Cohen's initiative is now spreading to other countries on the continent, and Israeli Ambassador to Costa Rica Oren Barel has already persuaded four cities in the country to name the streets after Jerusalem.

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