“Culpable political gamble” – DK and other left-wing parties comment on Netanyahu’s visit

Hungary's leftist opposition parties criticised Israel's prime minister for failing to condemn the Hungarian government's campaign inciting anti- Semitic sentiment after his talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, while the right-wing Jobbik party demanded to know what the two leaders had agreed on behind the scenes.

The Socialist Party said preserving Hungary and Israel's friendly relations in the long term was a national interest, but criticised Benjamin Netanyahu for inserting himself in Hungary's domestic politics and the government's campaign. The party condemns Netanyahu joining Orbán in a domestic political campaign centred on vilification, incitement, provocation and demagogy, board member Balázs Bárány said.
The Democratic Coalition (DK) said Netanyahu's visit was part of a culpable political gamble. Although the Israeli and Hungarian prime ministers have differing world views, they are both interested in implementing authoritarian policies aimed at dismantling democracy, DK board member Attila Ara-Kovács said. He said it would have been vital for Netanyahu to condemn Hungary's domestic politics of anti-Semitic Incitement, adding that this cannot be ignored in exchange for votes. He said Netanyahu's visit was about the Israeli PM joining a club whose members include Putin, Erdoğan and Orbán rather than about advancing bilateral economic and cultural ties.
The Jobbik party questioned whether Orbán and Netanyahu's meeting was of historic significance, arguing that the two sides had not reached any meaningful agreements. The party demanded to know what sort of dealings the two leaders had behind the scenes" as Orbán and Netanyahu's press conference had revealed no specifics. Green LMP said both Orbán and Netanyahu were becoming increasingly isolated on the international stage, adding that they were looking to overcome their isolation by preserving their ties with each other. Netanyahu's visit "in and of itself is not a problem", LMP board member Péter Ungár said. The problem is Hungary's foreign policy, namely that leaders of Hungary's allies are not visiting Budapest, he argued.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 17:27