B’nai B’rith International honored Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at the Casa de la Cultura in Guatemala City, Guatemala for his decision to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem and for his unwavering support of Israel.
B’nai B’rith International Director of Latin American Affairs Eduardo Kohn, B’nai B’rith Latin America Vice Chair Marcelo Burman, B’nai B’rith Board of Governors member Samy Eppel, Executive Director of District 23 Alberto Jabiles and Guatemala B’nai B’rith President Zelik Tenembaum attended a meeting with Morales, Vice President Jafeth Cabrera and Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel.
The B’nai B’rith delegation presented Morales with a shofar and a plaque highlighting Guatemala’s record of defending human rights. We also praised Morales for his courage and determination for the embassy announcement and for recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Additionally, B’nai B’rith reiterated our commitment to human rights, the fight for democracy and our relationship with Guatemala.
Morales told our delegation that moving the embassy to Jerusalem is the right action to take legally and historically. He also said that Guatemala is the United States’ strongest ally in combating and preventing terrorism in America.
Our delegation told Morales that the Jewish people will always be grateful to Guatemala for its crucial role in Israel’s birth, and for the great roles then Ambassador Jorge García Granados and then President Juan José Arevalo played in recognizing the Jewish state.