Czech President Miloš Zeman addressed the Israeli Knesset on Monday, calling for Europe to stand with Israel and referencing an impending Czech Republic embassy move to Jerusalem.
World Israel News During a speech in a special session held in his honor at the Knesset on Monday, Czech President Miloš Zeman referred to his nation as Israel’s closest ally in Europe, and referred to himself as “Israel’s best friend” in the Czech Republic.
Zeman, who arrived with his wife Ivana Zemanova in Israel on Sunday for a three-day state visit, will formally open the “Czech House” in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
The Czech president is a strong proponent of the relocation of his country’s embassy to Jerusalem. In late April, Zeman announced a “three-stage” plan to relocate the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which included the reopening of its honorary consulate in Jerusalem the following month.
Hamodia Zeman noted the historic Czech support for Israel and the Jewish people, and denounced the European Parliament’s “support for Palestinian terrorists” as shameful. “If we betray Israel, we betray ourselves,” he said, to applause from MKs.
In his speech, Zeman focused on “solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people” and the battle against “Islamic terrorism.”
In a meeting with Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin, The Czech president said that he did not believe in a two-state solution. “I do not see how an independent state can be created in Gaza because Hamas promotes a state of terror,” he said. “Hamas is a terrorist organization, not a state.”
Guatemala was quick to follow the United States in moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Paraguay is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv after the US and Guatamala relocated.
Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has indicated he will move the embassy to Jerusalem as Israel is a sovereign state entitled to the right to declare its capital city.
Australia is also considering moving its embassy to Jerusalem.