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  12/23/2012, Tevet 10, 5773

Cabinet OKs Funding for Herzl Chair at Czech University


The Cabinet approved 1.5 million shekels in financing, Sunday, to establish a chair in the name of Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, after a chair in the name of Tomáš Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, was dedicated last January at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. A statement by the Prime Minister's Media Advisor said, "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 Binyamin Netanyahu's meetings with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas during a May meeting between the Israeli and Czech governments. It comes a little more than two weeks after Netanyahu visited Prague and thanked Necas for his country's opposition to the Palestinian Authority's unilateral declaration of non-member state status at the United Nations.