Hungary rejects EU ‘settlement labeling’ plan
Hungary does not endorse labeling of products from Judea, Samaria, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights throughout the EU, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó declared Monday.
“We do not support the decision to make a special mark on products coming from the West Bank [Judea-Samaria – ed.] or the Golan Heights,” Szijjártó stated, during a meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “This step is inefficient and illogical. It would only hurt attempts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Netanyahu thanked Szijjártó for his support.
“Thanks for the strong statement you made against labeling; it’s the right position and the moral position, and we appreciate it,” he said.
He then gave Szijjártó a special gift – a football signed by one of the symbols of Hungary, the Hungarian footballer Ferenc Puskas.
Paris attacks: EU and responsibility
Szijjártó also expressed a rare acknowledgement of the EU’s need to take greater responsibility for the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) attack in Paris Friday which killed 129 people, despite Hungary’s own membership in the bloc.
“This is a wake-up call to all European politicians,” he said. “We must control our borders and manage migration policy, and not allow the refugees to flood us.”
Hungary has faced opposition from much of the EU for its refusal to accept Syrian refugees, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban noting the security risks involved and warning Europe is due to lose its Christian identity.
The country has responded to the wave of Syrian migration with tough new anti-immigration measures – and by building a 110 mile (177-km) long barbed wire fence along its border with Serbia to keep out more migrants.