The leader of the far-right Jobbik party, Gábor Vona, has challenged a leading Hungarian rabbi to a debate on antisemitism. Vona told reporters last Friday that “we need to clarify why and in whose interests” the idea of anti-Semitism has been put on the agenda in Hungary. “Jobbik has never had and will never have any programme point, proposal or idea which discriminates between Hungary’s inhabitants on the grounds of ethnicity and religion,” Vona said. The nationalist politician said he plans to write this week to the 50 US senators who called recently on Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to take a stand against manifestations of anti-Semitism such as Jobbik.
Vona was re-elected to another two-year term as caucus leader on Wednesday.