Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Honduran Congress votes to move the country's Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

As reported by Jewish News Syndicate, April 15, 2018:

Lawmakers in Honduras voted on Thursday to relocate the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Israel congratulates the National Congress of Honduras for passing with an overwhelming majority a resolution in favor of opening an Embassy in Jerusalem,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Twitter.

Honduran lawmakers approved the measure 59-33, which now must be approved by the executive branch.

“A notice has been sent to the secretary of state in the Foreign Ministry who handles [Honduran] ties to the Israeli people, according to which Honduras should consider moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv,” said National Congress First Secretary Jose Tomas Zambrano Molina.

Earlier this week, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced that Guatemala will open its new embassy in Jerusalem just two days after the United States in mid-May.

Like its Central American neighbor, Honduras has been strongly supportive of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the American embassy there.

Israel and Honduras also enjoy a strong relationship. In March, Israel announced it would be expanding cooperation with Honduras in areas such as security, economic development, education, health and the environment.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was also scheduled to take part in Israel’s 70th Independence Day celebrations next week, but was forced to withdraw from the event over human-rights objections from some in Israel.

See also my post Paraguay and Honduras are reported to be ready "in principle" to move their Israeli embassies to Jerusalem (March 16, 2018)

December 28, 2018 update: As reported by Jewish News Service, December 28, 2018:

Honduras has been in discussions with Israel to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to a report from Honduran news outlet Prensa Libre.

“There is a negotiation, discussions with the Honduran authorities, and for the moment no decision has been made,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahson told the publication.

Reportedly, in return for relocating its embassy, Honduras has asked Israel to upgrade its consulate in Tegucigalpa to an embassy, in addition to assist on issues such as cyber security, water management and crime prevention.

Currently, the United States and Guatemala have their embassies in Jerusalem. Paraguay relocated its embassy to the Israeli capital in May only to move it back to Tel Aviv after President Mario Abdo Benítez reversed his predecessor’s decision in September.

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