The Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary (MAZSIHISZ), the country’s EJC affiliate, has welcomed the decision of the Hungarian government to open a diplomatic delegation in Jerusalem.

According to Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán, this decision further strengthens Hungarian-Israeli relations, adding that “Hungary supports the local Jewish communities and hopefully the best Maccabiah Games will soon be organised in Budapest.”

Mr. Orbán added that the presence of 210 Israeli companies in Hungary is of great importance for cooperation in the realm innovation and developing new technologies. “This year we will celebrate the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries,” he added.

In a statement, MAZSIHISZ stressed the importance of this decision. Given the growing political clout of Central Europe, strengthening Hungarian-Israeli relations is in both in the interest of Hungary enhancement of political weight of the region is the interest of both Hungary and Hungarian Jewry.

The umbrella group emphasised that “this brave step of Hungarian diplomacy – which was a proposed by the MAZSIHISZ last year is a diplomatic success for both countries, and this is something we are very proud of. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for more than 3000 years, and during the period of King David. MAZSIHISZ trusts that this diplomatic decision is the first step towards moving the Hungarian embassy to Jerusalem.”

Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu praised the Hungarian decision and expressed his gratitude for Hungary declaring it as an important gesture.