>> Hungary's Prime Minister has told Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, that he will not tolerate antisemitism. That, as Israel's Prime Minister visits Budapest to deepen his ties with the Eastern European country. But the trip comes at a sensitive time, with Viktor Orban's flirting with the radical right, unnerving Jews living there.
Less than a month ago, Hungary's leader praised into war leader Miklos Horthy, a Hitler ally and used an image of Jewish US billionaire philanthropist Financio George Soros in an anti-immigration billboard campaign. Budapest denied the posters were antisemitic. The fight wing government's long been at odds with Soros, he funds open democracy organizations and supports more open immigration.
In response, Israel's foreign ambassador said the campaign sows hatred and fear, but the Israeli Foreign Ministry later issued a clarification, saying that Soros was in fact a legitimate target for criticism for undermining the government. This suggests that the two leaders may find common ground if a clump down on non-governmental organizations that are critical of their administrations.
Hungary and Israel have passed legislation to limit the influence of NGOs that got a large chunk of their funding from abroad. Amnesty International said on Monday, it was worrisome that both leaders were conducting campaigns against civil organizations.