Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez announced to the 2019 AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference in Washington DC on Sunday morning that his country is ready to “immediately” extend its embassy to Jerusalem – but not quite ready to entirely relocate yet.
“Honduras will immediately open our official diplomatic mission – and this will extend our embassy to the capital of Israel, Jerusalem,” he said.
The announcement came within moments of an announcement by Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila that her nation will, in fact, relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The United States led the way by moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the first in the world to do so, promptly followed by Guatemala, which opened the doors to its embassy in the Israeli capital that same week.
Paraguay also moved its embassy to Jerusalem in 2018 but swiftly moved it back to Tel Aviv, overcome by political pressure. A number of other nations are mulling the possibility of relocating their embassies to Israel’s capital as well, including Brazil, Australia and the Czech Republic.
All of Israel’s governmental offices and ministries, with the exception of the defense ministry, are located in Jerusalem.