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Bilateral Relations

The beginning of Czech-Israeli relationship goes back to the time before the foundation of the State of Israel. In spring 1927 the he Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk visited British Mandate Palestine, where he devoted to extra days to getting acquainted with the local Jewish communities and the Zionist Project.

After the World War II Czechoslovakia became the strongest supporter of the State of Israel. In 1947 the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Masaryk openly supported the idea of an independent Jewish state in the UN. The Czechoslovak government recognized the State of Israel on May 19, 1948, only 5 days after its Declaration of Independence. The diplomatic relations were established on July 3, 1948.  The newly founded state, which came into conflict with its Arab neighbors, was then supported by the Czechoslovakia with deliveries of military equipment and weapons.

The communist government, however, terminated this support and adapted its relationships with the countries of Middle East to the policy of the former USSR. In this sense Czechoslovakia interrupted diplomatic relations with the State of Israel on June 10, 1967 after the Six-Day War.

The resumption of diplomatic relations occurred after the fall of communist regime in Czechoslovakia on February 9, 1990. Nowadays the bilateral relationship is on top level again, as evidenced by the high frequency of political contacts, increasing dynamics of economic exchange and the rich network of activities at non-governmental level.

The Czech Republic has an Embassy in Tel Aviv, Honorary Consulate General in Haifa, Honorary Consulate in Jerusalem and Honorary Consulate in Eilat.

Ambasador designate handed over the copy of credentials


Ambassador Designate Veronika Kuchynova Smigolova has started her mission in Israel by handing over the copy of credentials to Gil Haskel, the Chief of State Protocol of the Ministry of foreign affairs of the State of Israel. more ►

Ambassador presented her credentials


Ambassador Veronika Kuchyňová Šmigolová presented her credentials to Isaac Herzog, president of the State of Israel. more ►

Book of condolence for Karel Schwarzenberg


It is with deep sorrow and respect that we sadly inform you of the passing of Karel Schwarzenberg, former Deputy - prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and lifelong friend of Israel. more ►

Condemnation of Terrorist Attack 29th November


Condemnation of Terrorist Attack 21st March


Minister Černochová in Israel


Defence Minister Jana Černochová visited Israel and met with her counterpart, Minister Yoav Galant, to discuss the security situation in the Middle East and in Europe, and defence industrial cooperation, including acquisition projects. Just as… more ►

Prime Minister Petr Fiala visited Israel


Prime Minister Petr Fiala visited Israel on 25 October 2023, where he held talks with President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu and expressed strong support of the Czech Republic to the State of Israel. more ►

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine


Two years ago, Vladimir Putin launched a massive neo-colonial war against Ukraine, however, Russia's aggression has been going on for 10 years - since 2014, when its army annexed Crimea and sparked the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Russia's… more ►

The head of Czech diplomacy visited the attacked Israel


Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský visited Israel on 10 October 2023, where he held talks with Foreign Minister Eli Kohen, President Isaac Herzog and met with relatives of one of the women kidnapped by the Hamas terrorists. more ►

Unprecedented Czech-Israeli cooperation saves lives: six-fold transplant connects patients in Prague and the Holy Land


Thanks to the excellent work of a team of surgeons at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM) and their Israeli colleagues from Beilinson and Hadassah hospitals, the first organ exchange between the two countries took place.… more ►

Visit of the Speaker of the Parliament and President of the Senate


Joint visit of the Speaker of the Parliament Markéta Adamová Pekarová and President of the Senate Miloš Vystčil to Kfar Azza and Ichilov Hospital. Witnessing firsthand the aftermath of the October 7th terrorist attack and showing unwavering… more ►