Former Israeli Prime Minister, President and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres has died. The Israeli politician was 93.
President János Áder sent condolences to the president and people of Israel over the death of ex-prime minister Shimon Peres. Mr. Áder wrote to Reuven Rivlin that he was deeply saddened by learning about the Israeli politician’s death and conveyed his condolences to the family of Peres. “Your people have lost an outstanding political leader who nurtured great dreams and dedicated his entire life to the cause of Israel. He worked hard for the welfare of his people and towards ensuring an enduring peace between Israel and its neighbours,” Áder said.
Áder reassured Rivlin that Hungary will remain a trustworthy partner of Israel supporting in the spirit of Peres efforts towards peace in the Middle East and towards strengthening economic prosperity and the prosperity of people in Israel and in the entire region.
Shimon Peres and the Hungarian public opinion had a strong contrast almost 10 years ago. One of his speech caused a stir in certain circles. Shimon Peres, the former prime minister, in 2007 told a chamber of commerce that: “Nowadays you can build empires without establishing colonies and sending in the army. Israeli businessmen are investing all around the world, enjoying unparalleled success, earning economic independence. We’re buying up Manhattan, Poland, Hungary and Romania.”
That time a letter by seven founders of the Hungarian Democratic Forum, including István Csurka, Lajos Für, Sándor Lezsák, Sándor Csoóri and Gyula Fekete, was sent to the Israeli politician. Of course, officially, the letter’s authors just asked faux naïve questions. They asked whether “buying up” may extend beyond the economic sphere into “culture, the media, public education, sciences and healthcare?” Could it include the country’s institutional and administrative structure, politics, the parties, parliament and local authorities? “Is this just business? Establishing a military base? A popular movement, immigration”.
via: hungarymatters.hu; hvg.hu
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