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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint press conference at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem, July 19, 2018 (AP photo by Debbie Hill).

Netanyahu’s Embrace of Far-Right Populists Risks Betraying Israel’s Values

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised eyebrows last month when he met in Jerusalem with Matteo Salvini, Italy’s firebrand interior minister and deputy prime minister who is known for his extreme anti-immigrant views. Prominent Jews, both in Israel and in the diaspora, criticized the trip, which came on the heels of visits to Israel by other far-right populists like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. In an email interview with WPR, Shimon Stein, a former Israeli ambassador to Germany who is now a senior fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, explains why many in Israel see these cozy relationships as a betrayal of the country’s core values.

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