Bennett thanks Hungary for standing by Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke for the first time on the phone with his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orbán on Monday evening.

According to the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, Bennett thanked Orbán for Hungary’s strong support for Israel in international forums.

The parties agreed to continue cooperation in a number of areas and to maintain ongoing contacts.

A senior Israeli official earlier told Walla news portal reporter Barak Ravid that the call was described as an „introductory conversation.”

Orbán was Benjamin Netanyahu’s greatest ally in the European Union.

The day after Bennett took the oath of prime minister, Orbán sent him a letter of congratulations, promising his continued support for Israel in the European Union and other international forums.

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (also the chairperson of the Yesh Atid party), as leader of the opposition, sharply attacked Netanyahu for his close ties to Orbán.

But as foreign minister, Lapid has taken a „realpolitik” approach towards Orbán’s Hungary. He spoke to Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó and was even scheduled to visit Budapest, but canceled the trip because of the Oknin couple’s ordeal in Turkey.


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