Czechs to re-open Jerusalem consulate
PRAGUE- Agence France-Presse
U.S. President Donald Trump broke with decades of policy in December to announce U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and a pledge to move the embassy, drawing near global condemnation and enraging the Palestinians.
Speaking at Prague Castle, he said he remembered discussing it with Benjamin Netanyahu, quoting the Israeli Prime Minister as saying: “If you do, I will give you my own house.”
Zeman added: “By the way, I strongly refuse the accusation that we copy the United States of America. Contrary to that, the United States of America copied my proposal.”
He also criticized objections to the idea from European nations, calling them “cowards.”
The Czech Embassy (of Czechoslovakia then Czech Republic) has been in Tel Aviv since 1949, except during the interruption of diplomatic relations under the former communist regime in Prague between 1967 and 1990.
Netanyahu responded in a letter, in which he said: “I am delighted that I will be able to welcome you towards the end of this year to Israel, where, as I hope, we can open the Czech Embassy in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish state.”
Any decision to move the embassy would first need to be approved by the Czech government.