Hungary’s hard-right premier Viktor Orban is slated to visit Israel on 19 July, reports Haaretz.
According to the paper, “the visit was coordinated at a meeting of national security advisers of the Visegrad group”, which includes Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The meeting was “also attended by Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat.”
As noted by Haaretz, “Orban was recently reelected in an April election fought on a fiercely anti-immigration platform that demonised Jewish American billionaire George Soros and liberal NGOs he backs.”
Just last week, “Hungary’s parliament approved legislation that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants.”
According to Haaretz: “Netanyahu made a congratulatory phone call to Orban after his reelection and invited him to visit Israel.”
In addition, “in February, Netanyahu met a senior foreign policy adviser to Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto”, where they “discussed the possibility that Israel will host a meeting of the Visegrad group.”
“If Netanyahu’s efforts bear fruit and the summit is held in Israel,” Haaretz notes, “it will mark a new level in relations with these Central European counties, whose governments are considered the most right-wing in Europe.”