Czech President Milos Zeman at a reception in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday (Facebook)
The Czech Republic has reopened an honorary consulate in Jerusalem, joining the trend of countries openly recognizing Jerusalem’s status as the capital of Israel. Over the last month, the United States of America has opened its new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, closely followed by Guatemala and Paraguay relocating their embassies to Jerusalem. Other countries are rumored to be considering the move, too.
The Czech Republic recognized the city as Israel’s capital in December, following American. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In April, Czech President Miloš Zeman expressed his wish to move the Czech embassy to the city from Tel Aviv, and detailed a “three stage” plan to relocate the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which included the reopening of the consulate.
The Czech honorary consulate to Israel was originally opened in the early 90s, but was closed in 2016 after the honorary’s consul’s death.
Dan Propper, a 78-year-old Israeli businessman of Czech origin, has been named as the new honorary consul.
“I see my contribution as being especially focused on economic relations because I have links to the local entrepreneurial community,” Propper told to the Czech news outlet CTK.
Despite the positive move, it remains to be seen whether the Czech embassy will indeed move to Jerusalem, with the Czech Foreign Ministry dampening expectations and downplaying Zeman’s intentions on the embassy move.
Earlier this month, Lev HaOlam founder Nati Rom collected 20,000 signatures on a petition to the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Bern, demanding their country move its embassy to Jerusalem.