Putting an end to its policy of neutrality, Honduras is making plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of the year.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez had tweeted on Sunday
“I have just talked to Prime Minister Netanyahu to strengthen our strategic alliance, we spoke to arrange the opening of the embassies in Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem, respectively.”
Netanyahu said the intention was to open and inaugurate the embassies before the end of the year. Israel currently has no embassy in Honduras but opened a diplomatic office there last month.
Honduras governments have long-held a policy of neutrality on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In September 2019 Hernandez opened a commercial office in Jerusalem as an extension of the Honduran embassy in Tel Aviv.
“Honduras recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and we are confident that this recognition will be of great blessing and mutual benefit,” Hernandez said last month.
Honduras has the second-largest population of Palestinians in Latin America, after Chile.
Who owns Jerusalem?
Only two countries – the United States and Guatemala – have established embassies to Israel in Jerusalem, recognizing the land as Israels’.
Trump and Netanyahu earlier this month announced that Kosovo and Serbia would also open embassies in Jerusalem.
Ownership status of Jerusalem has been one of the thorniest issues in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinians want occupied East Jerusalem, which includes the holy sites in the Old City and was captured by Israel in the 1967 war, as the capital of a future state.
Israel regards the entire city as its capital – a claim not recognised by the international community.
Most diplomatic missions to Israel have been in Tel Aviv as most countries stayed neutral over the disputed city of Jerusalem.