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Czech President at Knesset: ‘If We Betray Israel, We Betray Ourselves’

“It is necessary all the time [to stand in] solidarity with Israel. Because if we betray Israel, we betray ourselves,” Czech President Zeman told the Knesset.

By: United with Israel Staff

President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic, who arrived with his wife Ivana Zemanova in Israel for a three-day state visit, addressed a special session of the Knesset held in his honor on Monday, during which he conveyed a “message of solidarity with Israel and the Jewish People.”

Talking of the close bonds between the two countries, Zeman quipped that “Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu said the Czech Republic is Israel’s best friend in Europe. I wonder, why only Europe?”

“Anyway, I am the best friend of Israel in my whole country,” he said.

In his speech, he noted the Czechs’ historic support for Israel and the Jewish people.

Recently, “Palestinian terrorists” spoke in the European Parliament, which he said was a disgrace for all Europeans.

Zeman may have been referring to Leila Khaled, a convicted terrorist who was honored by the European Parliament in September 2017 when she spoke on the role of women in the “Palestinian struggle.”

Addressing what he referred to as Islamic terror, the Czech leader said it is important to be decisive in countering the threat, for the sake of Europe as well as Israel.

“We Europeans, and now I do not speak about America, I speak about the EU in fact, sometimes hesitate more. We sometimes are cowards. It is very impolite, isn’t it? But I am afraid it is frank. And that’s why it is necessary all the time [to stand in] solidarity with Israel. Because if we betray Israel, we betray ourselves,” he said.

Zeman will formally open the “Czech House” in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Considered by Prague as a “first step” toward relocating the country’s embassy to Jerusalem, it will deal with Czech-Israel tourism, trade and other areas.

“Although this institution will not have a diplomatic status, Zeman sees it as a precursor to the transfer of the Czech Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” a statement by the Czech parliament said.

Relocating the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem

At the Knesset, Zeman expressed hope that the dedication of the Czech House will lead to the relocation of the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“I am no dictator, unfortunately, but I promise I will do my best,” he stated.

Speaking during the session, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein said that moving the Czech Embassy to Jerusalem would help promote peace in the Middle East. “We will be able to bring about genuine peace only out of insistence on the truth; the historic and moral truth,” he stated.

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. The honorary consulate was first opened in the early 1990s but closed in 2016 due to the death of the honorary consul.

However, the Czech Foreign Ministry has downplayed Zeman’s intentions regarding the embassy move.

“The Czech Republic fully respects common policy of the European Union, which considers Jerusalem as the future capital of both the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine,” the Czech foreign ministry said following Zeman’s announcement.

In December 2017, Zeman accused the European Union (EU) countries of being cowardly in their response to President Donald Trump’s historic recognition of 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,” Zeman stated.

“一直有必要[站在]与以色列团结一致。因为如果我们背叛以色列,我们就会背叛自己,“捷克总统泽曼告诉以色列议会。

通过:与以色列工作人员联合

捷克共和国总统米洛什·泽曼与他的妻子伊万娜·泽曼诺娃一同抵达以色列进行为期三天的国事访问,他在星期一为纪念他举行的以色列议会特别会议上发表了讲话,他在讲话中传达了“以色列声援还有犹太人。“

谈到两国之间的密切联系,泽曼打趣说“总理[本杰明]内塔尼亚胡说捷克共和国是以色列在欧洲最好的朋友。我想知道,为什么只有欧洲呢?“

“无论如何,我是全国最好的以色列朋友,”他说。

他在讲话中指出捷克人对以色列和犹太人民的历史性支持。

最近,“巴勒斯坦恐怖分子”在欧洲议会发表讲话,他说这对所有欧洲人来说都是一种耻辱。

泽曼可能指的是莱拉哈立德,一名被定罪的恐怖分子,她在2017年9月被欧洲议会授予荣誉,当时她就妇女在“巴勒斯坦斗争”中的作用发表了讲话。

在谈到他所谓的伊斯兰恐怖主义时,这位捷克领导人表示,为了欧洲和以色列,应对这一威胁具有决定性作用是非常重要的。

“我们欧洲人,现在我不谈美国,事实上我谈到欧盟,有时甚至犹豫不决。我们有时候是懦夫。这是非常不礼貌的,不是吗?但我担心这是坦率的。这就是为什么一直有必要[与以色列团结一致]。因为如果我们背叛以色列,我们会背叛自己,“他说。

泽曼将于周二在耶路撒冷正式开放“捷克之家”。被布拉格视为将该国大使馆迁至耶路撒冷的“第一步”,它将处理捷克 – 以色列的旅游,贸易和其他领域。

捷克议会发表声明说:“虽然这个机构不具备外交地位,但泽曼认为这是将捷克大使馆从特拉维夫转移到耶路撒冷的先驱。”

将捷克大使馆迁至耶路撒冷

在议会,泽曼表示希望捷克议院的奉献将导致将以色列大使馆迁至耶路撒冷。

“不幸的是,我不是独裁者,但我保证会尽我所能,”他说。

以色列议会议长Yuli Edelstein在会议期间表示,将捷克大使馆迁至耶路撒冷将有助于促进中东和平。 “只有坚持真理,我们才能实现真正的和平;历史和道德真理,“他说。

4月下旬,泽曼宣布了一项“三阶段”计划,将该国大使馆从特拉维夫迁至耶路撒冷,其中包括下个月在耶路撒冷重新开放其名誉领事馆。名誉领事馆于20世纪90年代初首次开放,但由于名誉领事去世,2016年关闭。

然而,捷克外交部淡化了泽曼对使馆搬迁的意图。

“捷克共和国完全尊重欧盟的共同政策,该政策将耶路撒冷视为以色列国和未来巴勒斯坦国的未来首都,”捷克外交部在泽曼宣布后表示。

2017年12月,泽曼指责欧盟(EU)国家对总统唐纳德特朗普历来承认耶路撒冷为以色列首都的行为表示懦弱。

泽曼说:“欧洲联盟,懦夫,正在竭尽所能,这样一个支持巴勒斯坦的恐怖主义运动可以在亲以色列的运动中占据优势。”

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