TINY Moldova is to become the first European country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Since America moved its embassy last year, only Guatemala has followed suit.
But on Tuesday — amid political turmoil rocking Moldova — the government formally voted for the switch.
The government of Moldova formally voted on Tuesday to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“It was a long overdue commitment to support our allies,” said Pavel Filip, interim president of the impoverished ex-Soviet nation.
The announcement followed fallout from a constitutional crisis and power struggle that ended last week with a constitutional court’s suspension of the country’s elected president, Igor Dodon.
The World Jewish Congress, which represents Jewish communities in more than 100 countries, welcomed Moldova’s decision.
“The government of Moldova has affirmed its faith in the State of Israel and demonstrated its strong bilateral relations in publicly recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful capital,” said chief executive Robert Singer.
“I hope this will set a positive example for all of Israel’s friends considering such a move.
“It is also a positive gesture to the many Jews of Moldovan descent who now live in Israel, and who continue to feel an
attachment to the country that once was their home, as it was for many members of my own family.
“These are relations that extend beyond just governments, and into the public and personal realm.”
Singer added: “Moldova has proven time and again in recent years to be a true
friend of the State of Israel, as well as a leader in the fight against antisemitism worldwide.
“We are proud to have Moldova as a friend.”
Israel has desperately tried to get other countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem.
Paraguay moved its embassy to the holy city as well, but Paraguayan president Mario Abdo later reversed the previous administration’s decision and said his country’s embassy would move back to Tel Aviv.
Romania and Honduras both recently announced plans to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while Hungary opened a new trade office in west Jerusalem in March.
And last month, nearly one-fifth of Ukraine parliament members co-signed a draft
resolution urging their new president, Vlodymyr Zelensky, to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the embassy there.
In his inauguration speech, Zelensky — a Jewish actor — said Ukrainians need to “defend their country like Israelis”.
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