(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

By Raphael Ahren - May 21, 2018

Originally appeared here in the Times of Israel 

Paraguay opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailing the country as a “true friend” of Israel, making it the third country to do so after the United States and Guatemala opened their embassies in the city last week.

In a ceremony in the capital’s Malha Technological Park, the prime minister and Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes together unveiled the new mission’s plaque, making the move official.

“A great day for Israel; a great day for Paraguay — a great day for our friendship,” Netanyahu said.

“You have done much for your country. Now you’re doing something for both our countries,” Netanyahu told Cartes.

Netanyahu recalled that Paraguay helped Jews escape Nazi Germany and supported the creation of the State of Israel.

“Paraguay, before but especially under your leadership, took a very bold stance in international affairs and refused to cooperate with the lies directed against Israel,” Netanyahu told Cartes. “We always remember that. Thank you Horacio. Thank you, and thank you Paraguay.” Read More