Czech President Miloš Zeman want to go to Israel and transfer the Czech Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem regardless of the EU and the nation’s international ministry opposing the thought.
Transferring embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, whereas finished by the US beneath the Trump Administration in 2018, has been condemned by the UN and the European Union which each view Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, not Jerusalem.
However in response to Zeman who’s well-known for his pro-Israel stance, shifting the embassy to Jerusalem could be the “final success” of his presidency that ends in March 2023.
Even “the prime minister is in favour of shifting the embassy, however within the interval of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU and the conflict unleashed by Russia, the federal government should handle extra urgent challenges,” authorities spokesman Václav Smolka mentioned, quoted by Seznam Zprávy.
The nation’s international ministry, nonetheless, desires to stay to the EU’s frequent method that stems from the UN Common Meeting Decision declaring Jerusalem’s standing as Israel’s capital as “null and void”.
In line with the EU, Jerusalem must be the capital for each Israel and Palestine however its standing needs to be discovered via negotiations. Presently, all EU member states embassies to Israel, together with that of the EU delegation, are positioned in Tel Aviv.
“As international minister, I respect worldwide regulation, which governs the situation of embassies. Czech international coverage respects the UN Safety Council resolutions and the European Union’s unified place on the difficulty. Furthermore, the Czech Republic is at the moment going through plenty of main geopolitical challenges to which we should always pay our consideration,” Overseas Minister Jan Lipavský advised Seznam Zprávy.
(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)