To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Israel, a panel discussion was held at the CPAC Hungary conference on Thursday.
Gadi Taub, Senior Lecturer at the University of Jerusalem, spoke about how Hungary and Israel have been attacked by the “anti-democratic woke virus.” He added that both countries are under attack from self-styled rights lobbyists for being at the forefront of the global defense of conservatism.
Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirtzu (Israel), said the protests against judicial reform in Israel were similar to the situation that emerged after the election of US President Donald Trump in 2016. On Israel’s relationship with Hungary, he said that
difficult times are a test of true friendship, and Viktor Orbán has proven to be a true friend.”
Matan Peleg said the European Union is obsessed with condemning Israel. “Everything that Israel does, does not satisfy the EU. The only country on the continent that is doing everything to defend Israel and its right to self-defense in the EU and the UN is Hungary,” he stressed.
Robert Greenway, President and Executive Director of the Abraham Accords Peace Institute (USA), said the Abraham Accords – a series of joint normalization statements initially between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, effective since 2020 and mediated by the US under Donald Trump – are “a vital bulwark against instability and conflict.” While the relationship between Viktor Orbán and Benjamin Netanyahu may appear to be a personal friendship, the signing of the Abraham Accords shows that their relationship has proved to be a shrewd geopolitical investment, he said.
The panel was moderated by Attila Kovács, the EU research director of the Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ), the think tank hosting the CPAC Hungary conference.
Featured photo via the Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ)