Czechs to re-open Jerusalem consulate


Dancila's official visit takes place a short while after the country's government "adopted a memorandum", reads, in order to start the procedure for moving Romania's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki said Thursday said that European Union countries will not break the EU policy on Jerusalem, which dictates that the city is capital of two states, by moving their embassies to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Trump to attend the embassy's opening ceremony, but the USA president apologized for other commitments on the White House agenda.

Trump is pressing ahead with his plans to relocate the U.S. embassy in the occupied Palestinian territories despite widespread anger in Arab and Muslim countries and objections raised by United States allies in Europe and elsewhere who insist that the move could spoil years of efforts to provide a solution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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But according to media reports, Zeman, who is a long-time supporter of Israel, joked that Trump was only following him since he had suggested the Czech Embassy be relocated four years ago.

Previously, the Czech Republic announced that it intends to open a Consulate in Jerusalem.

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". This is why the Czech Republic has decided, as a first step, to open an honorary consulate in (led by Honorary Consul Mr. Dan Propper) in May and a new Czech Centre by the end of this year, both in West Jerusalem, said the ministry.

It ruptured generations of worldwide consensus that Jerusalem's status should be settled as part of a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city - including the Old City - as the capital of their future state.