Within just a few hours after U.S. President Donald Trump’s historic recognition of Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel, the Czech Republic followed with its own announcement.
“The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967,” said a statement from the Czech foreign ministry.
“The Czech Republic together with other EU member states, following the EU Foreign Affaires Council Conclusions, considers Jerusalem to be future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine.”
Furthermore, noted the statement, the Czech Foreign Ministry “can start considering moving of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world.”
Earlier this year, the parliament of the Czech Republic recommended to its government that payments to the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) be halted. The Czech parliament also passed a resolution condemning UNESCO’s decisions against Israel as well.