Paraguay opens doors to new embassy in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, shakes hands with Paraguay‘s President Horacio Cartes during their meeting at the Prime Minister‘s office in Jerusalem, Monday, May 21, 2018. Paraguay opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, following in the footsteps of the United States and Guatemala. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

JERUSALEM — Paraguay has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, following in the footsteps of the and Guatemala.

President Horacio Cartes dedicated the embassy on Monday, making Paraguay the third country to transfer its diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras have said they are also considering doing the same.

President Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem in December was welcomed by the Israeli government. But it infuriated the Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their future capital.

The U.S. Embassy move added fuel to the weekly Palestinian protests in Gaza demanding the right of return to Israel and the lifting of a decade-old naval blockade. The protests culminated last Monday, when Israel killed nearly 60 Palestinians in clashes along the border.