The Czech Debate on Israeli Annexation Plans: Plus ça change …

Since late May, Czech politics has been experiencing a brief diversion of attention away from the coronavirus crisis to the issue of planned Israeli annexation of swaths of occupied Palestinian West Bank. How did the Czech debate look like and what might be its implications?

In the article published by the daily Právo, current Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček and his two predecessors, Lubomír Zaorálek (ČSSD, social democratic party) and Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP09, liberal-conservative party), expressed their reservations towards Trump’s peace plan for Israel and Palestine and the announced intention of the new Israeli Government to formally annex swathes of the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

The wave of critical reactions to the “ministers’ article” (as it came to be known) triggered a wider discussion on Czech foreign policy. Our researcher Jan Daniel together with Jakub Záhora summarize the Czech debate on the issue and its potential implications. 

Read the whole article here.

Jan Daniel, Ph.D. is a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague and his main fields of interest include interpretative approaches in International Relations and security studies and Middle East politics.