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Israeli PM visits Prague for second time in 2012

ČTK |
5 December 2012

Prague, Dec 4 (CTK) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay a several-hour visit to Prague amid tight security measures on Wednesday to thank his Czech counterpart Petr Necas for the Czech Republic's stand during the recent U.N. vote on Palestine.

The Czech Republic was one of nine countries that voted against the recognition of Palestine as a U.N. non-member observer country and the sole European country that voted against the proposal. A majority of U.N. member states supported it.

The Czech police are preparing maximum police security measures because Nentanyahu is one of the most closely watched politicians in the world.

According to indications, the military and intelligence services have also been involved in the measures.

"The squad for the protection of constitutional officials cooperates in the preparation of security measures both with the other police squads and security corps of the state," the police presidium told CTK.

Activists will protest against Netanyahu's visit and against the stands of Czech diplomacy in Prague centre while those who hail the Czech government's opinion will meet outside the Government Office.

This will be Netanyahu's second visit to the Czech Republic this year. Some 500 police were looking after his security in May.

Czech political scientist Marek Cejka has said the relationship between the governments of netanyahu and Necas is the climax of good Israeli-Czech relations since the Czech Republic was created in 1993.

netanyahu's office has described the Czech "no" to Palestine's better diplomatic position in the United Nations as a courageous move.

Netanyahu and Necas talked by phone at the weekend already. They agreed that Netanyahu will make a stop-over in the Czech Republic on his journey to Germany.

The Czech Republic, one of Israel's closest allies in the EU, believes that the recognition of Palestine would delay the resumption of the Middle East peace process.

The Czech Foreign Ministry considers the recognition of Palestine as a U.N. non-member observer country a unilateral act.

The Czech opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) and Communists (KSCM) criticise the Czech government's stand on Palestine.

Netanyahu visited the Czech Republic in April 2011 already. It was the first visit by an Israeli PM from the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948.

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