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>> A week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to visit Hungary. Israeli governors ended up in a peculiar dispute with Hungarian-born financier George Soros. I'm Luke Baker, the Bureau Chief of Writers in Jerusalem. George Soros has long been a target of the Hungarian government. Which is opposed to many of the programs that Soros, through his pro-democracy and human rights organizations, supports, including more open immigration.
In the past couple of weeks, Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary, and his Fidesz party have funded a poster campaign in Budapest and other cities. In which the face of George Soros has been used in a campaign to oppose immigration, saying, don't let Soros have the last laugh.
Because Soros is Hungarian born and is Jewish, survived the Holocaust, many have seen the poster campaign as having anti-Semitic overtones. Now, initially, Israel's Ambassador in Hungary denounced the poster campaign. Saying, he himself felt that it stirred up old images, including references to Hungary's past during the Holocaust. When hundreds of thousands of Jews were deported by the Hungarians.
But a day after Israel's ambassador said that, the Israeli government, through the Foreign Ministry, came out and clarified, contradicting their own Ambassador. Saying that, in fact, statements in the poster campaign by the Hungarian government against Soros were entirely legitimate. Because they said Soros himself funded campaigns against Israel, and was delegitimizing the Israeli state.
It's a complicated mix of issues, but it all is about a visit next week by Netanyahu to Hungary. Israel hopes to keep Hungary on side in any discussions that take place in the EU, where Israel may be criticized for its policies. And Hungary Is interested in discussing with Israel sort of assistance it may be able to get, including protecting itself against migrant flows.
And that is a sort of technology and capability that Hungary is interested in from Israel.