Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: MTI

Foreign minister: Hungary stands by Israel

Hungary stands by Israel which is its friend and an ally, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, at their talks in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Hungary considers Israel a friend, so it is natural that Hungary will stand by its friend when it comes under attack, Szijjarto told a press briefing after the talks.

Netanyahu expressed thanks for Hungary’s support and Szijjarto reassured him that Hungary would take the same position in the future as well.

Szijjarto 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 organisation in the form of Hamas, this was not made clear in the international political arena, Szijjarto said. The international community failed to stand by Israel due to “hypocrisy and double standards”, he added.

Szijjarto 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.

Israel has a right to defend itself, Szijjarto told Hungarian public media during his visit. “We regret that international political organisations have not taken a joint stance on the situation,” he added.

“We regret that it wasn’t made clear that Israel had been attacked by a terrorist organisation and that certain international organisations wanted to treat Israel and Hamas as equals, as if Hamas were an NGO,” he said. “And we also regret that international organisations don’t make it clear that Israel has a right to defend itself.”

Hungary has vetoed multiple resolutions and statements in both the European Union and the United Nations that were “extremely unfair” to Israel, he said.

“They took a totally biased and anti-Israel approach to the situation,” Szijjarto said. “We have never supported such anti-Israel positions and will not support them in the future either.”

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