Netanyahu in Prague calls Czech Republic Israel’s best European friend (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By JOSHUA DAVIDOVICH 05/18/12)
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Czech PM says he shares Israel’s concern on Iran, during country’s
largest ever cabinet to cabinet meeting
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed Israel’s strong ties with
the Czech Republic Thursday, calling the country Israel’s best friend
Israel has “no better friends in Europe than the Czech Republic,”
Netanyahu said during a two-day visit to Prague.
“The Czech people understand what it’s like to be a believer in
democracy in a hostile region,” he said.
Netanyahu headed a large ministerial delegation to the central
European country, signing a number of intergovernmental deals with
Prague, and meeting with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas.
The cabinet to cabinet meeting was the largest ever in the country,
according to Czech news site Aktualne, with the focus on science,
business and innovation.
Necas told Netanyahu his country “shares Israel’s fears on Iran,” and
struck out at attempts by pro-Palestinian groups to boycott the
“We strictly refuse delegitimization and any boycott of the state of
Israel. We unequivocally support Israel’s right to defend against
terrorist attacks,” Necas said.
The Czech Republic has a long history of support for Israel, even as
the European Union has become one of Jerusalem’s louder critics. In
2009, the country came out in support of Israel during Operation
Cast Lead, saying Jerusalem had the right to defend itself from
attacks coming out of Gaza.
Last year, Prague voted against the Palestinian Authority’s statehood
bid at the United Nations. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 05/18/12)
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