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Czech friend of Israel retreats

Czech PMFor several days, Israeli media gleefully reported that the Czech prime-minister supported the Israeli operation in Gaza; his statement was attributed special significance, as the Czech Republic takes the rotating EU presidency soon. Never mind the position is nominal, without any real power. Unlike them, we remained skeptical.

One reason for our skepticism is that the Czech PM actually voiced no such support. In his words, the Israeli operation has been “defensive rather than aggressive.” This more or less everyone accepts: the debate is over proportionality.

Responding to protests from Libya and others, the Czech PM retracted his comment, and the Czech FM declared it “a serious mistake.”

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