Bibi Netanyahu, desperate to find a few paltry allies somewhere, anywhere, has cultivated a bromance with Hungary’s Viktor Orban. Orban isn’t such a metzieh (Yiddish for “a find”). He is the far-right, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic anti-Semitic premier of Hungary. Netanyahu is the far right, Islamophobic, racist, anti-refugee PM of Israel. A match made in heaven–or the Other Place.
Perhaps all this would be but a mere asterisk in the annals of strange-bedfellow alliances except for Hungary’s sordid past in the Holocaust, when its fascist government proudly handed over almost its entire 400,000 Jews to the Nazis. They promptly shipped them all to Auschwitz, where most perished. The few remaining alive today were livid when Israel’s proto-fascist government welcomed Orban to its national Holocaust museum, Yad VaShem.
It has welcomed distinguished international leaders like Barack Obama and every other president who has visited Israel. It has welcomed distinguished Holocaust survivors like Elie Wiesel. But never in its entire history has it welcomed an anti-Semite allied with His Nazi Jew-killing predecessors.
Viktor Orban visited Yad VaShem today. Or I should say he defiled this holy place, a memorial to 6-million murdered Jews, nearly one-tenth of them Hungarian. Why would any Israeli welcome him to this place? Why would any Israeli leader permit him on this sacred ground. It is a desecration of God’s Name.
Why? Because Israel today has become a world pariah. A land engulfed in hatred and bloodshed. A land with no shame. So beggars can’t be choosers. You take your friends where and as you find them: high, low (mostly low) and everywhere in between.
Thankfully, not every Israeli has lost their mind. Israeli Holocaust survivors and human rights activists blocked Orban’s convoy near the Museum and made their point that he was as welcome as rotting fish–or should I say rotting corpses?