Czech president Zeman’s Israel trip not without controversy

Czech president Miloš Zeman is in Israel on a three-day visit that began on October 7 2013. The trip, which is intended to promote trade, has not been without controversy.

Zeman repeated his opinion that embassies should move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, during a joint luncheon with Tzipi Livni, Israeli justice minister and main negotiator with the Palestinians, according to the Czech News Agency (ČTK).

When this comment angered Palestinian representatives, he clarified that he meant the move should take place only after peace was definitely established in the Middle East. Saeb Erekat, member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Zeman’s proposal undermined the peace process in Israel.

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