Israeli PM Says Hungary ‘At Forefront’ of Fight Against Anti-Semitism
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Hungary for “standing up for Israel time and again” during a historic official visit to Budapest.
Netanyahu said he was “honoured to be the first Israeli sitting prime minister to have an official visit to Hungary” in a joint press conference with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told the assembled media that previous Hungarian governments had “sinned” when they failed to protect the country’s Jewish population during the Second World War, and that he had “made it clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the government will secure the Jewish minority and that we have zero tolerance to anti-Semitism.”
Critics of Prime Minister Orbán’s conservative and resolutely anti-mass migration government, including senior EU officials such as European Commission First Vice-president Frans Timmermans, have smeared the Central European country as “anti-Semitic” for speaking out against the activities of George Soros, the billionaire financier and open borders activist.
The Hungarian government has repudiated these charges as “cynical and dishonest”, insisting that its quarrel with Soros centres on the fact that he is “destabilising governments in the Balkans, supporting enemies of Israel, and sending to Europe hundreds of thousands of unchecked migrants from the Middle East and Africa, some of which are home to terrorist organisations” – not his Jewish heritage.
Israel’s foreign ministry released a supportive statement in relation to the accusations, noting that it is important not to “delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organisations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself”.