The foreign minister said Hungary remains committed to the fight against anti-Semitism.
After meeting representatives of American Jewish organizations in New York on Thursday, Péter Szijjártó said Hungary’s government will do everything in its power to ensure that the international community applies a fair and balanced political approach to Israel. The minister said Europe needed to take the strongest possible stand against the anti-Semitism that, he insisted, had re-emerged in certain parts of the continent due to migration.
Minister Szijjártó said issues which had been put on the back burner by the pandemic such as migration were becoming increasingly serious, with illegal migration leading to a re-emergence of anti-Semitism in western Europe. The minister noted Hungary’s zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism, saying the government had made clear that Hungary’s Jewish community “has nothing to fear as long as we are in power”. The minister said that whereas some western European countries often expressed anti-Israel positions to satisfy certain electoral bases transformed by illegal migration, Hungary pursued a particularly Israel-friendly foreign policy.