Prime Minister Viktor Orban denied press information regarding Hungary’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Orban was answering to a journalist’s question on Monday in the parliament, and denied that Hungary is following Donald Trump’s decision, and moves its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Last week, Hungary blocked an EU statement on Wednesday (6 December) that was to have voiced “serious concern” regarding US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, diplomatic sources told EUObserver. The EU statement was to have been issued on behalf of all 28 member states, but due to Hungary’s opposition it was downgraded to a statement by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini only. According to Times of Israel‘s European sources, Hungary is expected to follow Trump’s example. Speaking to journalists at the Friday meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto declined to comment on a US decision concerning the status of Jerusalem but said the government had not addressed the issue and there was no change in Hungary’s policy towards the Middle East.
Jewish organisations welcomed the idea, but the main opposition party Jobbik stressed its dangers.