Austrian far-right leader sympathetic to Israel on Jerusalem recognition
By RAPHAEL AHREN
BRUSSELS — The leader of Austria’s far-right party on Monday expressed sympathy for Israel’s desire to have all embassies in Jerusalem. Yet at the same time, Hans-Christian Strache, the head of the controversial Freedom Party, said that his country is bound to European consensus and cannot act alone in such matters.
“I can appreciate Israel’s wish because as many [Israeli] politicians say, ‘Our capital is Jerusalem, that’s where the Knesset is located,’” Strache told the Kurier newspaper. “It would be our wish, too, to have the embassies located there, as is common practice worldwide. But we Austrians, as a neutral country, have to make sure not to act unilaterally, but to find a balance in the EU.”