Czech Republic Under Pressure from Israel to Move Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Published March 18th, 2018 - 01:25 GMT
Czech President Milos Zeman (AFP/File Photo)
Czech President Milos Zeman (AFP/File Photo)

The Czech Republic is under pressure from Israel to follow in U.S. steps and move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, Israel’s Channel 10 has reported.

The broadcaster cited a classified cable by Israel’s Ambassador to Prague Daniel Meron, saying that Israeli pressures following decisions from the U.S. and Guatemala to move their embassies have made the Czech Republic more open to following suit.

Prague “has begun a quiet internal staff evaluation to examine the possibilities and risks regarding the transfer of its embassy,” the cable written to the Israeli foreign ministry last week said.

The decision will ultimately be made by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who is seen as particularly risk averse, Channel 10 said.

U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Israel’s claim to Jerusalem as its so-called “capital” last December, and set in motion a frozen plan to relocate the American embassy there.

 

 

The announcement triggered an international storm and later that month, more than 120 countries voted at the UN General Assembly in favor of a resolution calling for the United States to drop the recognition.

Czech President Milos Zeman has strongly backed Trump’s decision and drawn praise from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which wields considerable influence in Washington’s policies.

According to the Lidové noviny newspaper, Zeman who in December announced his intention to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv now wants to speed up the process.

The Czech Foreign Ministry, however, has objected to the relocation following consultations with its European counterparts, the report said.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem  as the capital of their future state. Trump's decision prompted Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas to announce that he would no longer regard Washington as a party to Middle East peace talks.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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