MembersZeman: I’m Israel’s Best Friend

During his visit to Israel in late November, Czech President Miloš Zeman issued what appeared to be a friendly challenge to US President Donald Trump when he reaffirmed a strong friendship with Israel, both on behalf of himself and of his nation.

By Michael Selutin | | Topics: PANORAMA
Miloš Zeman
Photo: Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Zeman brought to the Knesset “a message of solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people.” When Prime Minister Netanyahu called him “the best friend of Israel in Europe,” Zeman joked, “why only in Europe?”

Zeman praised the historical ties between the Czech Republic and Israel. He called the support of the European Parliament for Palestinian terrorists a “shame,” explaining that “if we cheat Israel, we cheat ourselves.”

Netanyahu recalled the Munich Agreement, which in 1938 awarded the Sudetenland, which belonged to Czechoslovakia of the time, to the Nazis, but which in the end failed to bring the promised peace: “From this we have learned that we must fight for ourselves, without relying on others.”

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