Minister Zaorálek Received Israeli Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog
07.08.2014 / 17:45
On 7 August 2014 at the Czernin Palace, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomír Zaorálek received Yitzhak Herzog, President of the Israeli Labor Party and the leader of the Israeli parliamentary opposition.
The current situation in the Middle East dominated the agenda of the meeting. The Israeli politician informed the Czech Foreign Minister about the development of the current crisis in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In the context of the crisis in Gaza, foreign minister Zaorálek said: "I was deeply affected by the information about the high number of the killed innocent civilians, including the children seeking refuge in the schools. Even if we acknowledge the right of Israel to protect itself, we have repeatedly called for the Israeli reaction to be proportionate," said the Czech top diplomat.
In this context and concerning other affairs minister Zaorálek sent a letter today addressed to the Israeli minister of foreign affairs Avigdor Lieberman. In this letter he among other issues also expressed a deep concern over the suffering of the civilian population and loss of live of innocent victims as a consequence of Israeli military operations in the Gaza strip.
According to minister Zaorálek, the moderate Palestinian leadership should be actively involved in addressing the situation in Gaza. "It is in the interest of Israel that the Palestinian Authority led by President Abbas takes control of the Gaza Strip. It is undoubtedly a difficult task, but currently it is the only realistic option," said minister Zaorálek.
The Czech and Israeli representatives also briefly touched upon the extraordinary bilateral relations between the two countries. They develop in the long term not only in the political field but also in the areas of trade, science, culture or security.
Labor Party, led by Yitzhak Herzog, is one of the oldest parties in the Israeli political scene. Since the establishment of the State of Israel until 1977 all Israeli Prime Ministers came from this party. Currently, the Labor Party holds 15 out of 120 seats in the Israeli Knesset. The Labor Party is a member of the Socialist International (SI) and an observer member of the Party of European Socialists (PES).