PM Orbán: Hungary & Israel Agree On Key Issues

  • 20 Jul 2018 7:50 AM
  • Hungary Matters
PM Orbán: Hungary & Israel Agree On Key Issues
Viktor Orbán has said he and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu share the same views about a variety of 21st-century issues such as security, the fight against terrorism, border protection and anti-Semitism.

At a joint press conference with Netanyahu, the Hungarian PM said he and his Israeli counterpart agreed that security is the number one issue today and that all nations have a right to their own security and a duty to protect their citizens.

Addressing the issue of modern-day anti-Semitism, Orbán said: “We’re living in a time when anti-Semitism is rising in western Europe but is on the decline in central Europe.” Hungary still maintains a policy of zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, he added after talks with Israel’s prime minister in Jerusalem.

Hungary’s Jewish community is protected by the government, he added. “We’re proud that people who openly identify as Jewish can feel safe in Hungary.” The government has “done a lot” to rebuild Jewish culture in Hungary, he said, noting that the government has supported the renovation of synagogues and Jewish education.

Hungary always urges international organisations to apply a fair and balanced approach to Israel, Orbán said, adding that the two countries will continue to cooperate closely at international forums.

MTI Photo: Koszticsák Szilárd

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