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Czech Republic withdraws decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

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The Czech Republic has withdrawn its previous decision to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city of Jerusalem, Israel Hayom newspaper reported.

"The Czech Republic; a close friend of Israel in the European Union, was forced to abandon its decision to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but is considering the transfer of some of its sections," the paper said.

According to the paper, which is close to the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Prague's decision came as a result of pressure exerted by EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and some key EU countries including Germany and France, as part of attempts to prevent the collapse of EU policy which does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In December, US President Donald Trump announced his administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital and the plan to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city on 15 May, the day when the Palestinians commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba.

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