Petr Dubinsky

Zeman Visits Israel To Inaugurate ‘Czech House’

Miloš Zeman

Czech President Milos Zeman arrived in Israel on Sunday for an official visit, during which he is expected to inaugurate the new “Czech House” cultural center in Jerusalem alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


The Czech president is also slated to speak before the Knesset on Monday, where he is expected to reiterate his promise to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem  – though the decision is not entirely under his authority.


The inauguration of the center, scheduled for Tuesday, will be held in honor of the Czech Republic’s national day. Zeman will leave Israel on Wednesday.


Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said in April that his country’s embassy in Israel will not move to Jerusalem, because such a move would contradict the official position of the European Union and the United Nations concerning Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital.


The Czech premier’s statement came after Zeman said that Netanyahu promised him his own house in Jerusalem if the Czech Republic moves its embassy. “He told me if you do so I’ll give you my own house,” Zeman said. “I said that the Czech Republic is not such a rich country in order to refuse such a nice proposal I hope he will fulfil his promise.”


The final decision is in the hands of the government, which appointed a Czech-Israeli businessman to the honorary counsul in Jerusalem and moved the cultural center to Jerusalem as a compromise.

Via Haaretz