Czechs among states to block EU criticism of US embassy move in Israel

The Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania this week blocked a joint declaration by the member states of the European Union criticising the US for transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Czech News Agency reported. The moved, decided by President Donald Trump, will take place on Monday.

The EU has long advocated a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Israelis see Jerusalem as their “eternal and undivided” capital but the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as the capital of a future state.