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SZIJJÁRTÓ: HUNGARY STANDS BY ISRAEL

 

Hungary stands by Israel which is its friend and ally, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, at their talks in Jerusalem.
Hungary considers Israel a friend, so it is natural that Hungary will stand by its friend when it comes under attack, Szijjártó told a joint press briefing after the talks. Netanyahu expressed thanks for Hungary’s support and Szijjártó reassured him that Hungary would take the same position in the future as well. Szijjártó said Hungary would veto any future statement or resolution that was “unfair” to the Middle Eastern country, took an anti-Israel stance or had anti-Semitic undertones. Though Israel was attacked by a terrorist organisation in the form of Hamas, this was not made clear in the international political arena, Szijjártó said. The international community failed to stand by Israel due to “hypocrisy and double standards”, he added. Szijjártó said Israel and Hamas had practically been treated as equals on the international political scene, “as if Hamas were some kind of NGO”. However, it should be made clear that Hamas is a terrorist group that attacked Israel, he said.
Speaking to Hungarian public media during his visit, Szijjártó emphasised Israel’s right to defend itself.