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The West’s Antisemitism is ‘Inconceivable’ in Hungary, Foreign Minister Says

Foreign ministers Péter Szijjártó (R) of Hungary and Israel Katz (L) of Israel at a joint press conference in Budapest, Hungary in June 2024
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Péter Szijjártó held a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Israel Katz this Monday, where they discussed the horrific attack on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas on 7 October 2023, as well as the subsequent increase in antisemitism in the West.

The anti-Israeli and antisemitic developments seen in Western Europe and in the United States would be ‘totally inconceivable in Hungary’, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó of Hungary said in Budapest on Monday, 17 June, adding that ‘conditions for a peaceful coexistence are fully ensured’ in the country.

Minister Szijjártó held a joint press conference with Israel Katz, his Israeli counterpart, and expressed deep concern over increasing anti-Israeli tendencies in international organizations.

‘Israel is entitled to fair and equal treatment in international organisations,’ the Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Szijjártó as saying, adding that the Hungarian government had always thwarted ‘unilateral, biased attacks and statements against Israel, and will continue to do so in future’.

‘Mounting modern-age antisemitism in Europe ‘is the result of an absolutely irresponsible migration policy, under which a vociferous minority can often override the will of a quiet majority,’

Szijjártó stated.

The minister went on to say that criticism of Hungary over antisemitism ‘by countries…who should at least keep quiet’ was ‘absolutely shocking’.

The upcoming Hungarian presidency of the Council of the European Union would strive to ‘restore cooperation between the EU and Israel to the level of mutual respect,’ Szijjártó said, urging the sides to conduct a dialogue and ‘suppress the tone of reprimanding and lecturing’. He added the Hungarian presidency would make preparations for association talks between the EU and Israel ‘in that spirit’.

Minister Szijjártó also said that the Middle East crisis had had a big impact on global security and warned that the Gaza conflict could ‘easily become a global threat’. ‘Moreover, should the Gaza crisis and the war in Ukraine somehow be interconnected…we could face the real possibility of a global war,’ he added.

According to the Hungarian government, ‘7 October must not be repeated at any time or anywhere; the international community must defeat terrorist groups,’ Szijjártó declared. He also called for an immediate and unconditional release of all the hostages still held by Hamas, noting that the terrorist organisation had taken hostage five Hungarian nationals, three of whom had been released, one died, and the last one ‘is probably alive and hopefully soon to be released’.

‘Civilian lives must be saved,’ the minister said, adding that terrorist organisations ‘using civilians as a shield for their own defence…is unacceptable, base cowardice’.

‘Everything must be done to prevent escalation of the conflict, which could engulf the whole region in flames,’

he went on to say.

The ministry’s statement quoted Katz as thanking the Hungarian government for its support, adding: ‘Hungary is a true friend to Israel, their ties being founded on respect’. Katz said Hungary’s fight against antisemitism was exemplary, and wished to see similar efforts ‘in western Europe and in other parts of the world’.


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Sources: MTI/Hungarian Conservative

Péter Szijjártó held a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Israel Katz this Monday, where they discussed the horrific attack on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas on 7 October 2023, as well as the subsequent increase in antisemitism in the West.

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