In May of this year, Paraguay’s former President Horacio Cortez inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. Cortez kept his promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Unfortunately, Cortez’s successor has turned out to be a coward, and has begun his presidency by appeasing “Palestinian” terrorists. Paraguay’s new President, Mario Abdo, has decided to reverse the decision of his predecessor and relocate Paraguay’s embassy back to Tel Aviv. After making this shockingly ill-advised decision, Abdo stated that his decisions is meant to “advance peace.” Unfortunately, Abdo’s decision will not advance peace. His decision will advance the “Palestinian” terrorism against Israel.
In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered that Israel’s embassy in Paraguay be closed. Israel’s once thriving ties with Paraguay will certainly be downgraded. So what will Paraguay receive for betraying Israel in favor of the terrorists at the “Palestinian” Authority? The answer is nothing. The “Palestinians” have never created anything of value.
Cheering Jerusalem reversal, Palestinians say they will open Paraguay embassy
Abbas praises Asunción’s decision to return mission to Tel Aviv; South American country says Israel should not be annoyed by about-face
The Palestinian Authority will “immediately” open an embassy in Paraguay, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said Wednesday, as Ramallah feted the country’s decision to move its Israeli embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.
Malki said the surprise announcement by Asunción earlier Wednesday was the result of his lobbying push to reverse the Jerusalem embassy move two weeks ago, and PA president Mahmoud Abbas celebrated the move as “courageous.”
Responding to Paraguay’s about-face, which came only four months after the embassy moved from Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the closure of Israel’s embassy in the country and warned that ties between the allies would be clouded.
But Malki said the Palestinians would replace it with an embassy of their own, solidifying ties between Ramallah and Asunción, which has already recognized a Palestinian state, the official Palestinian Wafa news agency reported.
Abbas said Paraguay’s move “was the result of the wise and vigorous Palestinian diplomatic efforts to explain the dangers of the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem.”
According to the Wafa report, Malki had threatened Asunción that he would take them to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, as they plan on doing to the US and Guatemala, which also moved their embassies to Jerusalem.
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat also applauded the move, while urging Guatemala to follow suit.
“We also call upon the government of Guatemala to stand on the right side of history and move its embassy outside Jerusalem,” said Erekat in a statement.
“This is also time for the Trump administration to realize that no peace-loving country will follow their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Only respecting international law and UN resolutions will help to achieve a just and lasting peace,” he added.
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah also thanked Paraguay for its decision
“We express our deep gratitude to Paraguay and the Paraguayan leadership for its wise decision to withdraw its embassy from the occupied city of Jerusalem which comes in respect to the rights of the Palestinian people international law UN resolutions,” his office said in a statement.
Paraguay’s decision came as a major blow to Netanyahu’s drive for international recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; Paraguay was one of two countries to move its embassy following the US decision to recognize the city as the capital and move its own embassy in May.
In a Foreign Ministry document on plans for 2019 leaked to the Haaretz daily, the Paraguay move was listed as a success that Israel’s foreign service would be able to build upon.
In response to the reversal, Israel angrily announced that it was closing its embassy in Paraguay and recalled ambassador Ze’ev Harel, saying Asunción’s decision cast a shadow over bilateral relations.
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