Haaretz, Aug 18, 2017


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an event in Ashdod, August 13, 2017. Ilan Assayag

Netanyahu’s silence in the face of anti-Semitism follows his meeting in Hungary with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who during that period was leading a campaign against Jewish tycoon George Soros, and who had praised Hungary’s anti-Semitic Holocaust-era leader Miklos Horthy.


With his silence over Trump’s remarks and his meetings with nationalist leaders who harbor anti-Semitic sentiments, Netanyahu is choosing to cooperate with a right wing that believes in national and religious purity, a right wing that is working to eliminate the liberal order that fights for human rights and separation of powers and seeks a situation in which all democratic institutions – the courts, the media, cultural, educational and civil society institutions – will all be subordinate to the government.