U.S. President Donald Trump may allow former Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard to immigrate to Israel, according to reports broadcast Sunday night by Israeli Channels 2 and 13.
The Czech foreign ministry didn't immediately confirm the embassy's move, though it did say that the opening of the consulate and the Czech cultural center in west Jerusalem was the first step toward having its embassy in the capital of the host country.
Asked by a visitor to NY if he thought there was a chance that the Trump administration would commute his sentence and allow him to go to Israel, he responded, "I am praying for a miracle".
The Trump administration's announcement in February that it would shift the American embassy from Tel Aviv deepened anger across the Arab world, particularly among Palestinians who see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu during the president's visit to Israel in May 2017.
"We have a building; we have the site; we already own the site; we own the building", said Trump. "It's going to be attractive and it could be somewhat temporary", he said.
"The Czech Republic has made a decision to open in May an honorary consulate in West Jerusalem, and before the end of the year a Czech (cultural) centre, also in West Jerusalem", the statement said.
The White House issued an official statement December 6 declaring that "it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel". We will take a piece of the building. "I may go (to Jerusalem). very proud of it. Jerusalem has been a subject that's been promised for many years, as you know, the embassy in Jerusalem".
He also gave an insight into the internal White House deliberations on the new United States embassy in Jerusalem.
They came to me with a proposal for a $1 billion embassy in Jerusalem.