Foreign minister Peter Szijjarto – Photo: Facebook

Szijjarto meets Speaker of the Knesset in New York

Peter Szijjarto, Hungary's minister of foreign affairs and trade, met Amir Ohana, the Speaker of the Israeli parliament, in New York late on Thursday.
9. February 2024 16:41

“The success of the anti-terrorism operation in Gaza is an international interest, as it would guarantee that such an attack will never happen anywhere in the world,” Szijjarto told Ohana, according to a ministry statement.

Szijjarto said the opening of a second front should be avoided at all cost. The spread of the conflict to neighbouring Lebanon should be prevented as it would have “tragic consequences” for the entire region, he said.

Ohana thanked Hungary’s support of Israel, its continued blocking of European Union sanctions against Israeli settlers, and that Hungary maintains its Israel-friendly policies and stands by a fair approach to the state, Szijjarto said.

Szijjarto slammed a “long-standing bias and unfair treatment of Israel in international organisations”.

Anti-Semitism has grown in western Europe and the United States since the terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel on Oct 7, “to an outrageous, brutal degree”, he said. “Dozens of violent protests have been held” in the US, he said. “I hope the US Department of State will now stop preparing reports on religious freedom in other countries.”

Similar acts “are unacceptable and unimaginable” in Hungary, he said. Hungary has zero tolerance for anti-Semitism, and protests in favour of terrorist organisations are not allowed, he said.

He said Hungary was one of the safest place for Jewish communities worldwide, where noone was discriminated against based on communities they belonged to.

The spread of modern-age anti-Semitism in western Europe and the US “is not surprising; it is a consquence of illegal migration, and Hungary has warned of that multiple times,” he said. “Parallel societies have formed in Europe, aggressive immigrants are forcing their will on the silent majority living there, and unfortunately they are the ones bringing anti-Semitism with them,” Szijjarto said.

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