Speaking at an event honoring Israeli Independence Day in Prague, President Milos Zeman says first of three stages of move will take place next month.
Times of Israel According to the recently re-elected President Milos Zeman, the move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will take place in three stages, the first beginning next month with the opening of an honorary consulate in Israel’s capital.
The second stage, he says, is the move of the Czech cultural, economic and tourism center to Jerusalem. The embassy would move in the third stage, he says, without specifying a time frame for the final step.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman says in a statement on Twitter that he “congratulates Czech President Milos Zeman on his decision to move the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem. The leadership role played by US President Donald Trump [in announcing a similar move on December 9] augurs a change in the attitudes of nations around the world toward Jerusalem. Jerusalem is our eternal, beloved capital, and we will continue to strengthen and to build her.”
The Czech Republic, along with Hungary and Poland, has been at the forefront in rejecting EU-mandated quotes for Muslim migrants, accepting virtually none.