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Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei

Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammattei 63, announced on Tuesday during his inauguration that his nation will declare Hezbollah to be a terrorist organization, adding that it is an Iranian proxy that seeks to destroy Israel.

Giammattei also told Israel’s Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis, who attended his inauguration, that he intends to leave the country’s embassy where it is – in Jerusalem – and promised not to move it.

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Guatemala’s embassy was officially moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by former President Jimmy Morales, two days after the US Embassy opened in Jerusalem.

“You are expressing the deep, years-long friendship between our two countries,” Akunis told Giammattei. “Jerusalem is in the heart of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.