Honduran President Juan Hernandez said in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Honduras will move its embassy to Jerusalem.
In a statement on Twitter, Hernandez said that he spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu “to strengthen our strategic alliance and agree to open the embassies in Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem respectively.”
He added that “We hope to take this historic step before the end of the year, as long as the pandemic allows it.”
Hernandez also congratulated Netanyahu on the historic normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this month, in addition to sending warm greetings for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
In response, Netanyahu expressed his appreciation for Honduras’ solid support for Israel, while also reiterating the latter’s commitement to strengthening the Israel-Honduras partnership through development projects, cooperation, tourism, investment, technology, agriculture, education and trade.
The Honduran president has been a strong ally of Israel for many years, having graduated from Mashav, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation leadership program. Under Hernandez’s leadership, Honduras also voted in December 2017 against the UN decision to condemn the then-US plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
According to The Jerusalem Post’s sister publication Maariv, the two countries plan to hold inauguration ceremonies of their embassies in the national capitals, Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem.
Currently there are two foreign embassies stationed in Jerusalem, with the United States having moved its embassy from Tel Aviv in May 2018, followed by Guatemala a few days afterwards. Other countries have also pledged to move their embassies to Jerusalem, including Brazil, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and most recently, Serbia and Kosovo.
The move of foreign embassies to Israel’s capital is considered controversial due to the unclear political status of Jerusalem, which is widely seen as disputed by the international community following the Jewish state’s unification of the city during the 1967 Six Day War.
The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with most of the international community having viewed the unification of the city by Israel, particularly East Jerusalem, as an illegal annexation. Israel considers the city as its unified eternal capital.
HD Editors Note: What Does This Have To Do With Bible Prophecy?
In Genesis 12:3, God calls all the people and nations of the world to bless the Jewish State. God promises that if they do bless Israel they will in return be blessed by the Lord. Contrariwise, the same verse also says that all that decide to curse Israel will in return be cursed.
Even more specifically, throughout God’s word, He gives warnings to those that come against the capital of Israel, which is Jerusalem. Zechariah 12 gives an explicit warning surrounding the enemies of Jerusalem, one verse stating: “It shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:9).
The Bible says God will judge nations by how they treated the Jewish State of Israel (Joel 3:2).
Psalm 122:6 calls for people and nations to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” saying that it is those nations and people who love Jerusalem that “shall prosper.” The original Hebrew for “they shall prosper” is the word “Shalah,” meaning be at rest, prosper, or be secure / in safety.