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We will further strengthen friendship between Hungary and Israel

As part of his official visit to Israel, the Prime Minister planted a tree in the Grove of Nations. In his speech he stressed that the basis of this friendship is formed by: the Jewish community in Hungary, which is the largest in Central Europe; the extensive Hungarian diaspora community living in Israel; Tivadar Herzl’s heritage; kindred values; and the shared desire to preserve peace and security.

Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

The Prime Minister said that it is every political leader’s duty to learn from the mistakes of the past. Hungary, he said, will never forget that there was a time when the Hungarian government was unable to protect its Jewish citizens; but today the security of every Jewish citizen in Hungary is guaranteed, and there is zero tolerance towards anti-Semitism.

He added that there is assistance for the revival of Jewish religious and cultural life, with the renovation of synagogues, support for schools and the staging of cultural events.

Photo: Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI

Mr. Orbán said that today the planting of a tree, which symbolises Hungarian-Israeli friendship, is of great significance.