Czech President slams EU ‘cowards’ on Jerusalem stance
Monday, December 11, 2017
EOTW : The Czechs can relate to Israel — they were sold out by the European powers in 1938.
Czech President Milos Zeman on Saturday accused EU states of being
“cowards” in their response to his US counterpart Donald Trump
recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “The European Union, cowards, are doing all they can so a
pro-Palestinian terrorist movement can have supremacy over a pro-Israeli
movement,” said Zeman, presenting himself as a defender of Israel.
The 73-year-old Zeman, targeting a second term from January and who had
Friday said he was happy at Trump’s controversial move, made Saturday’s
comment before delegates attending the congress of the far-right Freedom
and Direct Democracy party, which opposes immigration and the EU.
In a Wednesday address from the White House, Trump defied worldwide
warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace a
new approach was long overdue, describing his decision to recognize
Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality. The move was hailed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by leaders
across much of the Israeli political spectrum. Trump stressed that he
was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city,
and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.
Zeman said he had himself spoken in favor of Prague moving the Czech
embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv on a visit four years ago — a
proposal that met with a reserved political response in his homeland. Following Trump’s announcement, the Czech foreign ministry said it saw
Jerusalem as the future capital both of Israel and a future Palestinian
state and that Prague could only consider moving its embassy after
consulting regional partners. The EU’s diplomatic chief, Federica Mogherini, warned on Thursday that
Trump’s move had a “very worrying potential impact” and could take the
region “backwards to even darker times than the ones we’re already
Mogherini added that “the aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled
and a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of
Jerusalem as the future capital of both states.