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The opening of a second front in the Middle East should be avoided at all cost, Péter Szijjártó, Hungary's foreign minister, said after meeting Amir Ohana, the Speaker of the Israeli parliament, in New York late on Thursday.

“The success of the anti-terrorism operation in Gaza is an international interest, as it would guarantee that such an attack will never happen anywhere in the world,” Szijjártó told Ohana, according to a ministry statement. The spread of the conflict to neighbouring Lebanon should be prevented as it would have “tragic consequences” for the entire region, he said. Ohana thanked Hungary for its support of Israel, its continued blocking of European Union sanctions against Israeli settlers, and for maintaining its Israel-friendly policies and fair approach to the state, Szijjártó said. The minister slammed a “long-standing bias and unfair treatment of Israel in international organisations”. Anti-Semitism has grown in western Europe and the United States since the terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel on Oct 7, “to an outrageous, brutal degree”, he said. “Dozens of violent protests have been held” in the US, he said. “I hope the US Department of State will now stop preparing reports on religious freedom in other countries.”