Guatemalan Embassy Opens in Jerusalem

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16 May 2018 (All day)
Guatemalan Embassy Opens in Jerusalem
Wednesday morning, in offices on the third floor of a high-rise office building in the Malha Technological Park in Jerusalem, the embassy of Guatemala to Israel was inaugurated. "This is the beginning of something extraordinary," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, along with dozens of senior officials from the two countries, as well as a handful of diplomats from other countries, were in attendance.

Here is the video from the dedication ceremony



The opening of the Guatemalan Embassy in Jerusalem came two days after the opening of the US embassy in the Israeli capital.

“The ICEJ joins with the people and government of Israel in rejoicing over the historic events of this day, as the United States brings its Embassy up to Jerusalem,” said International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Vice President and senior spokesman David Parsons. “We are praying and working towards the goal of many more nations taking their rightful place in this city in due recognition of its status as the capital of Israel. Jerusalem has to be shared as a “house of prayer” for all peoples, but the proper sovereign and custodian of the city is the Jewish people. They were the first and only nation in history to truly honor and select Jerusalem as their capital and the focal point of their national identity, and it is most fitting that they be the ones to see this special city through to its glorious destiny.”

Here is a video posted by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcoming the Guatemalan Embassy to Jerusalem



Intel Leads Boom in Israeli Investments
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered multiple defeats this week as hi tech giants Intel, Boeing and Dropbox all announced major expansions of their operations in the Jewish State. Tuesday saw Intel announcing plans to invest $5 billion in new production facilities in Israel, while Boeing announced a partnership with local cloud computing firm Assembrix Ltd. The partnership would allow the American industrial conglomerate to use the Israeli firm’s software to securely upload 3D printing codes that would massively simplify and lower the costs for Boeing’s global supply chains.

Finally, Dropbox executives were on hand at the Sarona complex in Tel Aviv Tuesday morning to officially inaugurate the company’s new offices there. The offices will manage a large R&D complex which is already in operation with plans for future expansion.

Diplomatic Row Growing Between Israel and Turkey
A growing diplomatic spat was developing Wednesday between Israel and Turkey, highlighted by Ankara “temporarily” ejecting the Israeli ambassador and Israel responding by “temporarily” ejecting the Turkish consul-general in Jerusalem. This followed Turkey recalling its ambassador to Israel for “consultations” earlier on Tuesday as a signal of disapproval for Israel’s security measures to contain the riots on the Gaza border in recent days. Senior officials from the two countries have also traded sharp rebukes and accusations this week.

Analysts have noted that with general elections to be held in Turkey next month, President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan may be using rhetorical attacks on Israel as a way of drumming up support among his traditional electoral base.

US Imposes New Sanctions on Central Bank of Iran Chief
The US Treasury announced on Tuesday that it is imposing harsh new sanctions on Valiollah Seif, the governor of Iran's central bank, over material and financial support he has provided to the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah, in cooperation with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' Quds Force (IRGC-QF). "It is appalling, but not surprising, that Iran's senior-most banking official would conspire with the IRGC-QF to facilitate funding of terror groups like Hezbollah, and it undermines any credibility he could claim in protecting the integrity of the institution as a central bank governor," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. "The United States will not permit Iran's increasingly brazen abuse of the international financial system."

 

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