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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Cabinet Approves Financing for Establishment of a Chair in the Name of Binyamin Zeev (Theodor) Herzl at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic

Cabinet Approves Financing for Establishment of a Chair in the Name of
Binyamin Zeev (Theodor) Herzl at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Cabinet, today (Sunday, 23 December 2012), approved NIS 1.5 million in
financing to establish a chair in the name of Binyamin Ze'ev (Theodor) Herzl
http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Modern+History/Centenary+of+Zionism/Binyamin+Ze-ev+Herzl-+Father+of+Zionism.htm
at Masaryk University
http://www.muni.cz/
in Brno in the Czech Republic. This is after a chair in the name of Thomas
Masaryk was dedicated last January at the Interdisciplinary Center in
Herzliya.

The Herzl chair will deal with research into leadership, research of the
Zionist idea and the State of Israel's place in the family of nations.

The establishment of the chair was agreed upon during Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu's meetings with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas during
the 17 May 2012 consultative meeting between the Israeli and Czech
governments
http://www.vlada.cz/en/media-centrum/aktualne/prime-minister-israel-is-our-key-partner-in-the-middle-east-95617
Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that cooperation in establishing chairs in
the name of the countries' leaders strengthens the ties between peoples,
especially in culture and academia: "Both Herzl and Masaryk were statesmen,
journalists and men of letters who acted to realize the national dreams of
their peoples and to establish sovereign states. There can be no greater
symbol of cooperation than establishing a chair in the Czech Republic in
Herzl's name after a chair in Masaryk's name was established in Israel, in
order to express the friendly relations and shared history between our
peoples.

The cooperation in establishing the chair is an additional expression of the
deep friendship between the two countries. On 5 December 2012, Prime
Minister Netanyahu visited Prague and thanked Czech Prime Minister Necas for
his country's opposition to the Palestinians' unilateral declaration at the
UN
http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Events/Pages/eventczech051212.aspx
. Prime Minister Netanyahu told his Czech counterpart: "In 1938, in Munich,
leading powers of the world forced this proud democracy to sacrifice its
vital interests. The international community applauded almost uniformly
without exception. They hailed this as something that would bring peace,
peace in our time they said. But rather than bring peace, those forced
concessions from Czechoslovakia paved the way to the worst war in history.
I know that your country has learned the lessons of history. So has my
country, Israel." Prime Minister Netanyahu added: "In my entry at the
airport, a bust of Tomáš Masaryk, the great leader of this country, of this
nation, and I believe that Tomáš Masaryk would have been very proud of the
stand that your country took last week at the United Nations."

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