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Why This Small Central American Country Became a Trail Blazer for Jerusalem

Raphael Ahren : Dec 27, 2017 : Timesofisrael.com

"In just about every town in Israel there is a Guatemala Street because we remember Guatemala's friendship and the friendship and leadership of your UN ambassador at the time of the decision on the Partition Resolution, and so Guatemala was etched into our hearts then." -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

airlift(Israel)—[Times of Israel] Seventy years ago, Guatemala's ambassador to the UN, Dr. Jorge Garcia Granados, a member of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, played a crucial role in convincing Latin American countries to vote in favor of General Assembly Resolution 181, which called for the partition of Mandatory Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. (Photo: Guatemala's new ambassador to Israel, Dr. Juan Garcia Granados leaving the President's Residence in Jerusalem after presenting his credentials, July 1955/Moshe Pridan/GPO/via Times of Israel)

"It could be that without Guatemala, the resolution on that fateful day would not have passed, and history would be very different," Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein told Morales during his November 2016 visit to Israel.

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