Hungary’s PM, alongside Netanyahu, blasts anti-Semitism

At a press conference in Budapest with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban denounced anti-Semitism and said his country had committed a crime during World War II by collaborating with the Nazis rather than defending its Jewish community. "I made it clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the government will secure the Jewish minority and that we have zero tolerance to antisemitism", he said. The comments followed concerns that the Hungarian leader has fueled anti-Semitism by praising the country's Holocaust-era ruler as well as conducting a nationwide campaign against American-Hungarian financier George Soros.   
Netanyahu said Orban had reassured him "in unequivocal terms" of his stance against anti-Semitism. The Israeli leader also described the delegitimization of Israel as a new anti-Semitism, and expressed his government's appreciation that "in many ways Hungary is at the forefront of the states that are opposed to this anti-Jewish policy".  
On Wednesday, Netanyahu will take part in a summit of the Visegrad Group, an alliance consisting of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. He is also scheduled to meet local Jewish community leaders later in the day. Netanyahu is the first Israeli premier to visit Hungary since the fall of the Iron Curtain. 

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