The parliament for the Czech Republic voted in overwhelming favor to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.
The vote came as Jerusalem celebrated its 50th anniversary of unification.
And at the same time voting to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Czech parliamentary members also voted to condemn UNESCO, the United Nations body that recently passed a resolution aimed at condemning Israel’s settlements and so-called encroachments into Palestinian territories.
From the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews:
“The Czech Parliament approved on Wednesday the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Jerusalem Day celebrating the 50th anniversary of the city’s unification under Israeli sovereignty. In addition, the Czech Republic decided to condemn the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) following its recent anti-Israel resolutions.
“112 of the 156 MPs in Prague supported the resolution. Members of Parliament called on their government to adopt the resolution and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, alongside opening direct and unconditional negotiations with the Palestinians.
“The parliament also condemned the recent UNESCO decisions that do not recognize the rights of Jews to Jerusalem, and call on the government to stop payments to UNESCO, in light of the incitement against Israel and the politicization of the organization.”
The vote is a significant world event, given the division that exists politically over the recognition of Jerusalem — and the Muslim-based opposition to its existence as a Jewish holy landmark.
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