Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair Netanyahu sparked anger by wishing “good luck” to Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage and Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, of the League Party in the European elections, calling him “true friends of Israel and the Jewish people.”
The tweet triggered backlash where Mr Orban was labelled a “notorious anti-Semite” and the PM’s son was accused of “cheering on fascists.”
Mr Orbán has been accused of fuelling antisemitism with his aggressive campaign slandering Jewish philathropist George Soros.
Orban has constantly rebuked these allegations claiming that it is in fact safer for Jews in Hungary than Western Europe because of violence towards Jews by Muslim refugees.
Hannah Weisfeld, head of Yachad UK, tweeted that Yair Netanyahu’s tweets are sign that “something is truly broken between Israel and the Diaspora.
“When the son of the Israeli PM wishes the biggest far right sympathizers in Europe good luck in the elections, you know something is truly broken between Israel and the Diaspora.”
In a time when hate crimes towards Jews in Europe are on the rise, right wingers like
Salvini, Farage and Orban have in fact proven to be more pro-Israel than most left wing EU leaders through both their rhetoric and actions.
In response, the 27-year-old Yair tweeted back:
“To all the liberals who went bananas over this twit: you are crazy! These leaders are true friends of Israel and the Jewish people. Unlike Jeremy Cornyn, Rashida talib, Linda sarsour etc that you adore who are actually antisemites and racist!”