Birds of a Feather Stick Together?

BIBI Netanyahu congratulates Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on his reelection AND invites him to visit Israel.

The same Orbán who enacted into the current Hungarian constitution that specifies the regime of Regent Admiral Miklós Horthy as the one that was and still is the embodiment of Hungarian independence, statehood and its Christian civilization.

The same Horthy who was in charge of the enactment and enforcement over several decades of an avalanche so-called Jewish laws which discriminated against, then disenfranchised, persecuted, robbed, eventually isolated in ghettos and removed from the body of the nation Hungary’s Jews, then stood by quietly while half a million of them were shipped off to Auschwitz in just a few weeks. Including every member of my family outside the capital city of Budapest. None have returned from there.

This is the man, Orbán, who will be welcomed with open arms by Bibi and his cohorts, feted like a hero and a mate and will no doubt stroll through Yad Vashem with the requisite sanctimonious look on his face.

Yep, indeed, you can tell a man by his friends. Netanyahu is no exception.

Way back in June 1967, I rushed into the Zionist Federation office in Sydney, Australia, to volunteer my services during the Six Day War, hoping to help in any small way I can.

Half a century later, I can only wonder what sort of a country will our Israel become?

About the Author
Lived and worked over the decades in Sydney, London and Budapest. Happily settled in Vienna, family on four Continents. My heart is in and with Israel - the nation and the original idea, not the current situation. A lifetime (1965-2003) of professional journalism behind me, both in the Jewish (Acting and Assistant Editor) and mainstream media, both printed/online and radio. Covered and reported on stories, wrote editorials, conducted interviews with Prime Ministers and other power brokers. Filed reports, cultural reviews, opinion pieces from every continent, except Africa. First Jewish publication staffer ever to interview the PLO's Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Reported from Olympic Games in Munich, Montreal, Lake Placid and more. Active over many years in Jewish communal, Maccabi and Hakoah sporting activities, Jewish Board of Deputies and Zionist Federation of Australia work as well as Center Right/Liberal Conservative politics in Australia. Served on State level committees, as a pre-selector and Branch Treasurer. Campus newspaper editor and activist at the NSW University of Technology.