Orbán re-election hailed by prominent rabbi who declared Hungarian PM a key ally of Israel

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, walks during his visit to the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, July 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
By Dénes Albert
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A prominent Israeli rabbi sent a congratulatory letter to Viktor Orbán following his re-election as Hungarian prime minister, the deputy secretary of state for the prime minister’s office to the MTI news agency on Wednesday.

Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall of Jerusalem (Wailing Wall) and the rabbi of the Holy Places, penned his congratulations to Orbán and his administration on behalf of the worshipers of the Wailing Wall, according to the Hungarian prime minister’s press secretary, Bertalan Havasi.

The rabbi reportedly praised Hungary for supporting one of the largest and most magnificent Jewish communities, and declared the country one of the most important friends to the state of Israel in Europe.

(MTI/Balázs Szecsődi)

“These are the days of searching for a way and waiting for a miracle all over the world. The peoples of the world are trying to pave their way in a changing reality. I believe that going back to the roots will give us the answers we are looking for,” Shmuel Rabinowitz wrote, wishing the entire Hungarian people and Viktor Orbán many years of blessed work, prosperity, health and joy.

Havasi reminded the news agency that Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz accompanied Viktor Orbán on his visit to the Wailing Wall during his 2018 trip to Israel.

In 2020, Hungary opened three new synagogues.

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