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Israel moves to strengthen control of Jerusalem

International | Recent legislation highlights the stalemate between Israel and Palestine
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/09/18, 02:32 pm

The Israeli parliament last week passed a law that will require a supermajority vote to cede control over any part of Jerusalem.

The move is Israel’s latest attempt to exert full control over Jerusalem since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized it as the Israeli capital. The new law shows how far away peace between Israel and Palestine remains.

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Israel welcomes Guatemala’s embassy move

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/26/17, 11:25 am

Guatemala on Sunday became the first country to follow the United States’ lead and announce its intention to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on his official Facebook account he instructed the country’s foreign ministry to move the embassy after talking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “God bless you, my friend, President Morales,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “I told you recently that there will be other countries that would recognize Jerusalem and announce the transfer of their embassies to it.

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UN vote on Israel caps combative year for U.S. on world stage

International | Plus, WORLD’s senior editor picks the top 10 Globe Trot stories of 2017
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/22/17, 04:59 pm

UNITED NATIONS: Eight countries joined the United States in voting against a resolution to condemn it for its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel—a combative chapter closing a combative year for the United States on the world stage. In the vote, 35 countries abstained, including leading U.S. allies Canada and Australia, and 128 voted in favor, including most European nations and Great Britain.

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