The Czech Republic said it recognized Jerusalem; al-Quds, as Israel’s official capital but also claimed that it should be the capital of a future Palestinian state on Wednesday, following the controversial move from the Trump administration to become the first country to do so, sources said.
“The Czech Republic currently, before the peace between Israel and Palestine is signed, recognizes Jerusalem to be in fact the capital of Israel in the borders of the demarcation line from 1967,” a Czech foreign ministry statement said.
According to the statement, which partly contradicts an earlier statement from the EU, also said it recognizes the city as the future capital of a Palestinian state.
“The Czech Republic together with other EU member states, following the EU Foreign Affaires Council Conclusions, considers Jerusalem to be future capital of both states, meaning the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine,” the statement pointed out.
“The EU position remains unchanged. The aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled and a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states,” EU foreign chief Federica Mogherini said.
She noted that the EU and its member states would "continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem embodied in, inter alia, UNSCR 478, including on the location of their diplomatic representations until the final status of Jerusalem is resolved".
“The Ministry can start considering moving of the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem only based on results of negotiations with key partners in the region and in the world,” the Czech foreign ministry added.
The governments of Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia -- a country home to more Muslims than any other in the world -- all spoke out against the decision and protests broke out outside the US embassies in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur after prayers Friday.
Protests erupted throughout the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and cities across the Middle East on Thursday in what was dubbed a “day of rage”. Also, protests were staged in London, where demonstrators protested both the Trump decision and the ongoing war on Yemen.
Trump announced on Wednesday that he would “officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” sparking worldwide condemnation, including from Washington’s closest allies in the region. Some Palestinian leaders called for a new intifada, or uprising, in response to the move.