In the victory speech, Orban claims that Soros defeated Zhelensky; Netanyahu congratulated him

Hungarian nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in a speech announcing his victory in Sunday’s national election, slammed anti-Semitic policies and attacked philanthropist Jorge Soros and Ukrainian Jewish President Volodymyr Zhelensky.

In a 10-minute speech to Fidesz party officials and supporters at an election night event in Budapest, Orban demanded an order for the fourth time and declared a “massive victory” for his party.

“We had a huge success and you can see it from the moon, of course you can see it from Brussels,” Orban said, adding that he was frequently condemned by the EU for overseeing allegations of democratic regression and corruption.

Speaking to supporters, Soros made anti-Semitic assertions about the “international left” and Zhelensky.

Orban isolated Gelensky as part of the “high power” that his party claimed to have fought in the election – “the local left, the international left, the Brussels bureaucrats, the Soros empire, the international mainstream media with all its money, and ultimately the president of Ukraine.”

Orban has faced numerous anti-Semitic accusations, and has long targeted Soros, a Holocaust survivor and left-wing philanthropist, calling him a “public enemy.”

Jewish groups in the country denounced Orban’s anti-Soros campaign as antisemitic, but despite widespread condemnation, it continued and in 2018 the Central European University, founded by Soros, was forced to relocate from Budapest.

The poster, which features American billionaire George Soros in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, reads, “Soros can not be allowed to laugh at last.” This was part of a July 6, 2017, government campaign. (Attila Kisbenedek / AFP / Getty Images)

Zelensky had the day before portrayed the Hungarian leader as having no contact with other parts of Europe united to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin, support sanctions against Russia and send aid, including arms, to Ukraine.

“He is the only person in Europe who openly supports Mr. Putin,” Zhelensky said.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday congratulated Orban and Serbian President Alexander Vuிக்i on their victory in the by-elections.

“I firmly believe that effective cooperation with Israel will continue under their leadership,” he said.

During his tenure as Prime Minister, Netanyahu developed close ties with Hungary; Orban said last year that Netanyahu’s departure was a “challenge” for him.

Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban greets supporters during an election night rally in Budapest, Hungary on April 3, 2022 (AP Photo / Peter David Josek)

When Prime Minister Naftali Bennett thanked Orban earlier this year for “Hungary’s firm support for Israel in international organizations”, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and other top government officials made outrageous comments about Orban.

Urban – a fierce critic of immigration, LGBTQ rights and “EU bureaucracies” – has been praised by right-wing nationalists across Europe and North America. He took control of many democratic institutions in Hungary and portrayed himself as the defender of the European Christendom against Muslim immigrants, progressives and the “LGBTQ lobby”.

The rivalry was expected to be very close since Orban came to power in 2010, thanks to the fact that six of Hungary’s main opposition parties have set aside their ideological differences to form a united front against his Fidesz-led coalition. Voters were electing legislators to the country’s 199-seat parliament.

Opposition parties and international observers have pointed to structural barriers to defeating Orban, highlighting the widespread pro-government, dominance of Orban’s allies’ business news organizations and the increasingly deceived electoral map.

Although Orban had previously campaigned on divisive social and cultural issues, he dramatically changed the tone of his campaign after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, and portrayed the election as a choice between peace and stability or war and chaos.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban during a joint news conference on September 18, 2018, after talks in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlyanichenko, Pool)

While the opposition has called on Hungary to support its troubled neighbors and remain locked up with its EU and NATO partners, Orban, Putin’s longtime ally, has called on Hungary to remain neutral and maintain its close economic ties with Moscow. In terms of gas and oil favors.

At his final campaign rally on Friday, Orban said that supplying arms to Ukraine – something that only Hungary in EU’s neighboring Ukraine has refused to do – would turn the country into a military target and that allowing Russian energy imports would cripple Hungary’s own economy.

“This is not our war, we must stay away from it,” Orban said.

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