Czech Mates: Czech Parliament Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital, Condemns UNESCO Resolution
Some positive news to come out of Europe for a change.
The Czech Parliament approved on Wednesday the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Jerusalem Day celebrating the 50th anniversary of the city’s unification under Israeli sovereignty. In addition, the Czech Republic decided to condemn the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) following its recent anti-Israel resolutions.
112 of the 156 MPs in Prague supported the resolution. Members of Parliament called on their government to adopt the resolution and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, alongside opening direct and unconditional negotiations with the Palestinians.
The parliament also condemned the recent UNESCO decisions that do not recognize the rights of Jews to Jerusalem, and call on the government to stop payments to UNESCO, in light of the incitement against Israel and the politicization of the organization.
Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu expressed his appreciation.
Thank you to the Czech parliament for doing the right thing and standing up for Israel. Others should copy you. 🇨🇿🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/wdArvN45Dm
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 24, 2017
Interestingly enough, as of the time of this post, this has not made the news outside of Israeli, Jewish sites and a Czech one.
The Czech Republic has been among Israel’s strongest European allies for a while now. Just last year, Czech Republic PM Bohuslav Sobotka visited. Here he is planting an olive tree at the KKL-JNF Grove of Nations in Jerusalem.