Czech PM says his country will back Israel’s right to self-defence

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Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala visited Israel on Wednesday to signal his country’s strong support for the Jewish state in its war against Hamas. Amid calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in the Middle East, the Czech head of government said Czechia would stand up for Israel’s right to self-defence at Thursday’s European Council meeting in Brussels.

The visit to Israel by the Czech prime minister was primarily intended as a show of solidarity with the country among mounting pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Europe and calls for a humanitarian ceasefire stemming from growing concerns regarding the situation in the Gaza Strip and Israel’s plans for a ground counteroffensive. The visit took place on the eve of a European Council meeting in Brussels at which the situation in the Middle East and Israel’s right to self-defence are expected to be dominant topics.

Mr. Fiala said he had felt it was important to come to ascertain the situation in person, to state his support and defend the country in the upcoming talks.

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Author: Daniela Lazarová, Sources: Český rozhlas, ČTK