Since the discovery of a Byzantine-era church in Israel’s Ashdod-Yam, archaeologists have had a better opportunity to study the Eastern Roman Empire’s sixth century footprint in Palestine. Among them is a Czech archaeologist, who helped find evidence this summer that the building may not be of Georgian origin as originally thought.
Recently elected Senate chairman Jaroslav Kubera of the opposition
centre-right Civic Democrats has expressed his support for President Miloš
Zeman’s plan to move the Czech embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to
Mr Kubera’s comments came on Thursday evening following his first meeting with the Czech head of state, held at Prague Castle. He told reporters they had agreed to continue to discuss foreign policy issues together and to continue to promote economic diplomacy.
But the Senate chairman said economic diplomacy should not be limited to China and Russia, countries which President Zeman supports. He said they agreed on increasing the country’s military spending in line with NATO targets.
On a state visit to Israel, Czech President Miloš Zeman on Monday addressed a special session of the country’s parliament, the Knesset – the first Czech politician ever to do so. Mr. Zeman highlighted the special relationship between the two countries and vowed to do everything in his power to ensure that the Czech Embassy be moved to Jerusalem.
On an official visit to Israel Czech President Miloš Zeman said he was
fascinated by President Reuven Rivlin’s idea of “one state with two
nations”, saying he could not envision an independent state in the Gaza
Strip since he perceived Hamas as a terrorist organization. President Zeman
said the idea of one state with two nations, was provocative but noted that
all bold ideas were.
During the three-day visit, President Zeman is expected to inaugurate the new "Czech House" cultural center in Jerusalem alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
On Monday afternoon he will address the Israeli Parliament – the Kneset. The Czech head of state is accompanied by the Speaker of the Czech lower house of Parliament Radek Vondráček and four cabinet ministers.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, begins a four-day state visit to Israel
on Sunday. While in the country Mr. Zeman will become the first Czech
statesman to speak at a session of the Knesset. He will also open a Czech
House in Jerusalem housing a Czech Centre and the offices of CzechTrade,
CzechInvest and CzechTourism. Mr. Zeman says he regards that move as a
precursor to transferring the Czech Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an
idea to which the Czech government has not given its backing.
The Czech head of state will meet his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin, and the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr. Zeman will be accompanied by around 70 Czech business people and representatives of scientific institutions.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček is set to wrap up a two-day
visit to Israel and Palestine on Wednesday laying the ground for an
official visit by Czech President Miloš Zeman in two weeks.
While in Israel, Petříček is due to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and attend the Czech-Israeli Forum, and visit the new Czech House cultural centre in Jerusalem ahead of its inauguration on 27 November.
He started his trip with a visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial to victims of the Holocaust and those who fought against the Nazis.
In Ramallah, Petříček is to meet his Palestinian counterpart Riyadh Al-Maliki to discuss bilateral relations and the prospect of a new peace process in the Middle East.
Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček will visit Israel and the
Palestinian territories on November 13th and 14th, the ministry said on its
In Israel the Czech foreign minister will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu and open the 6th Czech-Israeli Forum. He will also visit the Czech House in Jerusalem which will officially open on November 27th, 2018, during a state visit to Israel by President Miloš Zeman.
In Ramallah, Minister Petříček is scheduled to meet Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki.
Former minister of defence Martin Stropnický is leaving for Israel, where
he will serve as Czech ambassador. His immediate main task will be to open
a new Czech House in Jerusalem and prepare for a visit by President Miloš
Mr. Stropnický told Czech Television that the Prague government could, and did, explain some of Israel’s positions to the rest of the European Union. The former cabinet member quit his seat in the lower house earlier this month.
The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Tomáš Petříček, said preparations were being made for intergovernmental talks between the Czech Republic and Israel in Prague next year. The two countries have long had close ties.
Czech Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek and Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic David Meron on Thursday opened an exhibition recalling the contribution of Czechoslovakia’s first president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and his son, Jan, who later became foreign minister, to the creation of the State of Israel. I spoke with Ambassador Meron during the exhibition launch at Černín Palace and first asked how the idea for such an exhibition arose.