Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister issues uniquely honest statement for a European leader regarding the Gaza strip border violence, saying, “It’s also important to note…that Hamas habitually sends children to the riots’ focal points, so it could blame Israel for the deaths of children in front of the world.”
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By Itamar Eichner
Czech Foreign Affairs Minister Martin Stropnický issued a public statement on his ministry’s website Thursday in which he said Hamas alone was responsible for the deaths of Palestinians during Gaza Strip border protests in recent weeks.
Czech Foreign Affairs Minister Martin Stropnický – Official DoD photo by Sgt. Continue Reading »
Three eastern European countries take a principled stand with Israel by blocking a formal EU statement admonishing the U.S. over their upcoming Embassy move to Jerusalem on Monday.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania have recently blocked a (EU) statement slamming the United States over its plan to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a spokesman said Saturday.
Once again the EU takes a stand against Israel’s sovereignty. – Wikimedia Commons
“The Czech Republic has protested against the planned statement,” Jiri Ovcacek, spokesman for Czech President Milos Zeman, told AFP.
“We appreciate that Hungary and Romania have taken the same principled stance,” he said, adding Zeman had agreed on the refusal with Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky. Continue Reading »
Having just been sworn in for his second term, and with a history of refusing to fall in line with EU policy, President Milos Zeman instructed officials to explore the logistical aspects involved in pushing the move forward.
By Eldad Beck
Czech President Milos Zeman on Thursday doubled down on his intent to see his country’s embassy in Israel relocate from Tel Aviv Jerusalem, saying he plans to push the move through.
Zeman was sworn in for a second term as president of the Czech Republic on Thursday. While the post is largely ceremonial, the president does have some leverage on strategic matters. Continue Reading »
According to a defense magazine report, the Czech army requested to purchase the IDF’s Namer APC, considered one of the world’s most fortified.
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By Tzvi Lev
The Czech army was highly impressed by the Israeli-made Namer APC, and requested the right to purchase it, the Below The Turret defense magazine reported.
According to the report, the Czech army asked Israel to buy the Namer, (Hebrew for “leopard”) to replace its aging Soviet-made BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle. The report said further that the Namer was among nine finalists, but Israel didn’t respond with a price quote in time for the deadline. Continue Reading »
The Czech Republic is reportedly buying 8 Israeli manufactured radar systems to detect anything flying between 100 meters to 3 kilometers, such as low flying aircraft attempting to violate Czech airspace.
By The Associated Press
European fears of possible Russian action have led to huge business deals with Israeli security providers, with the Czech Republic purchasing MMR radars from the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The radar is the same one used by both the Iron Dome and David’s Sling anti-missile defense systems. It is used to identify and locate incoming rockets but is also able to identify other aerial targets within a 250km radius. Continue Reading »
• Czech lawmaker Laudat, This “may evoke awkward reminiscence of marking Jewish people during World War II.”
• Czech Minister Herman said it was “absolutely necessary to reject the efforts to discriminate against the only democracy in the Middle East.”
• Czech lawmaker Boehnisch said it was absurd that the EU had argued that ‘the labels would benefit their consumers.’
By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL, HERB KEINON
The Czech Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday urging their government not to implement a European Union decision to label Israeli products exported from the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. Continue Reading »
Czech FM Zaorálek says current policies make it hard to back Israel, but Netanyahu responds, saying that the Palestinians repeatedly ‘run away’ from peace-talks.
The Czech Republic’s foreign minister warned Monday that it will become increasingly difficult for his country to maintain its pro-Israel position if Israel fails to take viable steps toward establishing a Palestinian state.
Czech Republic’s foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek – Screenshot
Lubomír Zaorálek said that Israel risks suffering international isolation if it doesn’t change its policies in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
“As a close friend of yours, it is important for the Czech Republic to say that if the situation does not change it will be hard to maintain our position,” Zaorálek said in an interview with the Walla news site during a trip to Israel. Continue Reading »
In contradiction to initial Palestinian claims, evidence suggests plastic explosive laden book caused blast that killed PA envoy in January.
The Palestinian ambassador to Prague who died in a blast in January was most likely killed by a decades-old charge of Semtex plastic explosive concealed in a book, a newspaper reported on Tuesday citing a police investigator.
Jamal al-Jamal – Photo: Michal Krumphanzl/AP
Police had decided Jamal al-Jamal was not assassinated, but had simply unwittingly opening a book booby-trapped years earlier, the source told daily newspaper Mlada Fronta Dnes.
“It was an unfortunate accident. The ambassador was a thorough man who wanted to put some old things in order, and among them there were two books with explosives,” the paper quoted the source as saying. Continue Reading »
In contradiction of initial Embassy claims, Czech police now report Palestinian ambassador Jamal al-Jamal was not killed by booby-trapped safe.
By Associated Press, Int’l Business Times
The explosion that killed the ambassador at the Palestinian Embassy complex in Prague was not caused by a booby-trapped safe as previously believed, Czech investigators said Monday.
The flag-covered body of Jamal al-Jamal lies in a mosque during his funeral in the city of Ramallah – Photo: Reuters
Police said that their investigation has revealed that the blast that killed Ambassador Jamal al-Jamal on Jan. 1 did not occur inside the safe and no explosive device was part of the safe. Continue Reading »
Unnamed Czech Officials: The explosion in home of killed Palestinian envoy exposed illegal weapons cache that could be the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ of an European weapons smuggling ring.
weapons (illustrative) – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
According to available information, 70 firearms, unregistered by Czech authorities, were found in the future embassy building, in Prague 6-Suchdol, after an explosion killed Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal last week. Continue Reading »
Contrary to the Czech police report, the daughter of a Palestinian envoy killed in a bomb blast Wednesday speaks out, saying her father’s death ‘was not an accident’.
A blast that killed the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic this week “was not an accident,” despite an official theory to the contrary, the envoy’s daughter said Saturday.
The diplomat’s apartment in Prague – Photo: idnes.cz
“What is certain is that it was not an accident,” Rana al-Jamal, who lives in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, told the Czech newspaper Dnes in an interview.
Her father, Jamal al-Jamal, the 56-year-old ambassador to Prague since October, was fatally wounded on New Year’s day by an explosion in the Palestinian diplomatic mission’s premises. Continue Reading »
After the Palestinian ambassador was killed opening an old safe containing explosives, Czech Police confirmed weapons also found.
Czech police found weapons at the Palestinian mission in Prague, a police spokeswoman said Thursday, a day after safe exploded there, killing ambassador Jamal al-Jamal.
Firefighters search the area after the explosion, Prague January 1, 2014 – Photo: Reuters
“Yes I can confirm that,” spokeswoman Andrea Zoulova told Reuters when asked about a report on the discovery of weapons. She gave no details about the type or quantity of weapons found.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died in a blast that occurred when he opened an old safe that had been left untouched for more than 20 years, officials said. Continue Reading »