articleimg-1
Jul 24, 2020

Hungarian government supports a "fair and balanced assessment of Israel"

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary and Israel are in “close alliance” in international politics.

 

In an interview with Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth, the foreign minister has highlighted the Hungarian government's support for a "fair and balanced assessment of Israel".

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary and Israel are in “close alliance” in international politics, and they are among countries “most attacked in international organizations and in the international media”. He added that bilateral ties have never been “as good and dynamic as they are now”.

During recent talks in Israel, the foreign minister said the two countries can rely on each other and pledged Hungary’s support to oppose decisions and possible sanctions against Israel in the European Union, the United Nations and in other organizations.

In another development, Minister Szijjártó said that Israel has not annexed the West Bank and that Hungary “will not take a position on something that has not happened”. He also rejected any possible “unnecessary and counterproductive” steps against Israel.

Concerning Hungary’s ban on entry of Israeli nationals as part of its measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Minister Szijjártó said that his government was obliged to protect the health of Hungarians and the national economy.