Hungary Proclaims Zero-Tolerance Policy Towards Anti-Semitism

Publicated on: July 18, 2017

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán emphasized the Hungarian Government policy of zero-tolerance towards acts of anti-Semitism and strongly reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself at a joint press conference in Budapest with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Orbán also expressed deep regret at the "crime” of failing to protect Jewish Hungarian citizens during World War II and highlighted with national great pride the ongoing renaissance of Jewish culture in Hungary.

"It is the duty of every Hungarian government to defend its citizens whatever their religous or ethnic background. During World War Two Hungary did not honor this moral and political obligation," said Prime Minister Orbán.

Prime Minister Orbán said that Mr. Netanyahu’s visit to Hungary – the first by an Israeli Prime Minister in office since the fall of communism – marks the opening of a new chapter of enhanced, forward-looking bilateral cooperation between the countries.

Speaking on the topic of the ongoing Syrian Civil War and migration crisis, Prime Minister Orbán extended Hungary’s gratitude to Israel for contributing to the security of Europe and welcomed  the shared belief of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Hungary that national interest should be the preeminent law of foreign policy.

During Mr. Netanyahu’s state visit, Israel also signed two agreements with Hungary for the development of autonomous cars and greater cultural cooperation between 2017 and 2019.