The Czech Republic needs to consider leaving the United Nations after its members voted to “support terrorists”, says the country’s defence minister.
Jana Černochová made the comments after the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, without condemning terrorist attacks by Hamas.
Writing online afterwards, Černochová expressed anger only 14 nations (including hers) voted to reject the call for a ceasefire, against 120 that backed it.
Vím, že je dnes významný den pro 🇨🇿 a chceme slavit naše 105 výročí republiky. Ale tímto se prostě nedá promlčet, promiňte mi to. Přesně před 3 týdny Hamas vyvraždil více než 1400 Izraelců, což je na jejich počet obyvatel více obětí, než zavraždila militantní islamistické… pic.twitter.com/gd1hk8vdZU
— Jana Černochová (@jana_cernochova) October 28, 2023
“Exactly 3 weeks ago, Hamas murdered more than 1,400 Israelis,” she writes.
This represents “more victims per their population than the militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda murdered on 9/11/2001 in the USA,” Černochová adds.
The UN General Assembly’s vote makes her “ashamed” of the United Nations, and means the Czech Republic should now consider leaving it, she says.
“In my opinion, the Czech Republic has nothing to expect in an organization that supports terrorists and does not respect the basic right to self-defence,” she writes, adding “Let’s get out.”
The Czech Republic was one of the few EU member states voting to reject last week’s UN resolution, with most countries either supporting the motion or abstaining.
Only “14 countries, including ours, stood up against the unprecedented terrorist attack committed by Hamas terrorists, clearly and comprehensibly!” notes Černochová.
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— Brussels Signal (@brusselssignal) October 13, 2023
EU states remain largely divided over the issue of Israel-Palestine, with many left-leaning countries taking a militantly pro-Palestine approach to the ongoing violence.
European Council President Charles Michel attempted to ease these divisions last week, hosting a meeting aimed at creating a single EU position on the conflict.
While such a meeting did result in a joint statement calling for “pauses” in fighting for humanitarian reasons, this consensus collapsed as soon as national politicians left Brussels.
Spain and Ireland continued to push the EU towards more militant support of Palestine.
Support for the Palestinian side looks to be a core pillar of Spain’s incoming left-wing rainbow coalition, while Ireland’s deputy PM previously spoke of a government plan to encourage all EU members to recognise Palestine as a separate, independent country.
Ireland’s Government is considering a push to get EU Member States to recognise Palestine and may even “go solo” over the issue. https://t.co/aOvWS8BeWY
— Brussels Signal (@brusselssignal) July 7, 2023