Wednesday, 19 July 2017

PM Benjamin Netanyahu denounces EU's repeated criticism of Israel as an 'anomaly'

Budapest: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday denounced Brussels' repeated criticism of Israel as an "anomaly" and called on Europe to reassess its relationship with the Jewish state.

The EU has repeatedly condemned Israel's building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and crackdown on civil society groups critical of the government.

Both men are right-wingers enamoured of US President Donald Trump and with a disdain for the left-leaning liberal global order bankrolled, as they see it, by the likes of US Jewish billionaire George Soros.

Netanyahu's trip comes at a sensitive time for Orban, who is under fire at home over his running battle against Hungarian-born Soros and praise of a Hungarian Nazi-allied wartime leader.

Many in Hungary's 100,000-strong Jewish population - one Europe's largest - have accused Orban, in power since 2010, of turning a blind eye to anti-Semitism or even encouraging it to stave off growing support for the far-right.

However Netanyahu defended Orban yesterday, insisting that Hungary, as the birthplace of modern political Zionism founder Theodor Herzl, was "at the forefront" of countries fighting anti-Zionism.

Source:-Zeenews

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