HUNGARY’S GOT THE WORST ANTI-SEMITES

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for a controversial visit to Israel on Wednesday as he and his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu find common cause in their right-wing views.

Orban’s visit has provoked concern in Israel over allegations he has stoked anti-Semitism in Hungary with nationalist rhetoric and a campaign against US Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

Netanyahu has brushed aside those concerns as he seeks closer ties with European nations willing to provide strong backing to Israel. He and Orban also both strongly support US President Donald Trump.

A year ago, Netanyahu made the first trip to Budapest by an Israeli prime minister since the fall of communism in 1989, thanking Orban for “standing up for Israel in international forums”.

He also denounced “absolutely crazy” EU demands of Israel, such as those related to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, in closed-door remarks picked up by a microphone and overheard by journalists.

AFP does not explain why Orban’s visit is “controversial”, except perhaps that somebody considered by the Western media to be a crypto-fascist anti-Semite shouldn’t be going to Israel. But Netanyahu is probably a crypto-fascist anti-Semite too, so it all works out.

 

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