Hungary would be the first EU nation to move its embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.
On Thursday, August 24, ahead of a discussion on moving the Hungarian embassy to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Rabbi Slomo Koves and Rabbi Shmuel Oirechman, reports The Jerusalem Post.
Rabbi Koves is the head of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation (EMIH), one of the three major Jewish faith communities in Hungary, while Rabbi Oirechman is the general director of Hungary’s Orthodox community.
The three prominent figures discussed numerous relevant topics, including the issues of Jewish communal life in Hungary and the events that may accompany the moving of the Hungarian embassy to Jerusalem.
During the meeting, Rabbi Koves stressed the importance of the friendship between Hungary and Israel, and the two community leaders invited Netanyahu for a reciprocal visit to Budapest, coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Chabad in Hungary. Netanyahu was presented with the Hungarian translation of his bestselling book, ‘Bibi – My Story’. The translation will be published in honour of the embassy’s move and Netanyahu’s visit to Budapest.
Moving the Hungarian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was first decided in late May this year. Once the embassy moves, Hungary will be the first EU nation to have moved its embassy to Israel’s capital.
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