Czech Republic Reaffirms Support For Israel

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin seen with Czech President Milos Zeman, at a welcoming ceremony in Rivlin’s honor in Prague, Wednesday. (Mark Neyman/GPO)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin seen with Czech President Milos Zeman, at a welcoming ceremony in Rivlin’s honor in Prague, Wednesday. (Mark Neyman/GPO)

Czech President Milos Zeman has assured his Israeli counterpart that his country’s support for Israel has not changed.

After a meeting in Prague on Wednesday with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Zeman said: “There’s no change in the Czech foreign policy toward Israel.”

Zeman, who has been siding with Israel in the conflict with the Palestinians added: “I’d like to express my full personal support for the state of Israel.”

Rivlin thanked him: “A clear stance of the Czech Republic, a moral stance, is a great support for us.”

The Czech Republic is a close Israeli ally in Europe. It was the only European country that voted in 2012 to reject the resolution upgrading the Palestinians’ United Nations status to a nonmember observer state.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek recently criticized Israel’s policies in Yehuda and Shomron.