The foreign minister has declared that Hungary stands by Israel which is its friend and ally.
During talks in Jerusalem, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told Benjamin Netanyahu that Hungary considers Israel a friend, so it is natural that Hungary will stand by its friend when it comes under attack. Netanyahu expressed thanks for Hungary’s support and Minister Szijjártó reassured him that Hungary would take the same position in the future as well.
Minister 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 organization in the form of Hamas, this was not made clear in the international political arena, Minister Szijjártó said. The international community failed to stand by Israel due to “hypocrisy and double standards”, he added. Minister 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. Minister Szijjártó emphasized Israel’s right to defend itself.