As soon as President Trump declared Jerusalem as a formally recognized capital of Israel, the Czech Republic issued an immediate statement.
“The Czech Republic together with other EU member states, following the EU Foreign Affairs Council Conclusions, considers Jerusalem to be the future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine,” the nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.
Still, the ministry made it very clear they have only accepted the western half of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, adding that it especially “recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967.”
In addition, the ministry stated they won’t be able to relocate their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as Trump would want, unless “negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world” take place first.
Regardless, the statement caused massive turbulence in Europe alone, despite the fact that the ministry has come “together with other EU member states” to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
By doing so, the Czech Republic derailed from the standard opinion, where “EU member states who hold Jerusalem should not (be) recognized as Israel’s capital until a final status agreement is reached.”
As per reports, the decision caused great outburst over at the Gaza Strip, where the terrorist group Hamas “called for a new intifada against Israel in response to Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.”
“This Zionist policy supported by the US cannot be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada,” said terror group’s leader, Ismail Haniyeh. “The U.S. decision is an aggression, a declaration of war on us, on the best Muslim and Christian shrines in the heart of Palestine, Jerusalem.”
It hasn’t been stated whether Haniyeh refers to the Czech Republic’s declaration as well.
"The American decision is a call for war against the Palestinian people, against all people" – Hamas leader Ismail Haniya responding to Trump's Jerusalem move pic.twitter.com/vCLL83YK8N
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) December 7, 2017
Reports suggest that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was willing to relocate their embassy to Jerusalem as well.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wishes that more countries like the United States and the Czech Republic’s should be an example for other countries to follow.
“(W)e are already in contact with other states that will make a similar recognition,” he said, The U.K. Independent wrote.
Trump’s action was perceived as a disaster by liberals who do not share the same stance on Israel.
To make matters worse, BBC even released a piece titled, “World condemns Trump’s announcement.”
In the article, BBC confirms many Muslim and Arab countries are revolted by this decision, with the UN general secretary and the European Union’s foreign policy chief releasing statements on their own. Other country leaders, including Britain’s, France’s and Germany’s have remained somewhat neutral in the situation.