George Soros is no friend of the Republican party and now it seems he is no friend of Israel either. Which is unsurprising considering the fact that the Republican party has always had a good relationship with our Middle Eastern ally. The foreign ministry of Israel just went public and denounced Soros who’s a Wall Street billionaire. This will allow Israel to align themselves with Hungary prior to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Budapest.
The parallel is striking because Soros is a Hungarian-born Jew who moved to America decades ago. Soros support of open borders has gotten him pushback from the right wing movement of Hungary who does not agree and is angry at his funding of pro-democracy and human rights groups.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban supported labeling Soros as an ‘enemy of the state’. After the ambassador released these comments Israel’s foreign ministry corrected their former statements saying that Soros was a “legitimate target of criticism.” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the following,
“In no way was the statement (by the ambassador) meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments. Soros funded organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.”
Thanks to Soros backing of open borders organizations Prime Minister Orban supported a campaign where Soros was singled out. Billboards were created and placed over the country showing Soros next to the phrase, “let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh.” Despite Soros not commenting personally on the attack the Human Rights Watch, who is partially funded by Soros, wrote a scathing castigation saying the campaign billboards,
“evokes memories of the Nazi posters during the Second World War.”
However, Soros spokesperson Michael Vachon did comment on his behalf over the billboard campaign and he said the following,
“Last week the Fidesz-led government launched a nationwide billboard and television advertising campaign reminiscent of Europe’s darkest hours,” Vachon said in an emailed statement.The Hungarian regime’s xenophobia and demonization of refugees are anti-European. This campaign, while not openly anti-Semitic, clearly has the potential to ignite uncontrolled emotions, including anti-Semitism.”
Their concerns are not at all unfounded. Many of the billboards have been destroyed with anti-Semitic graffiti as well as spray painted “stinking Jew” phrases. Despite the closeness between Hungary and Israel, Israel denounced the Hungarian government-backed campaign to besmirch Soros. The Israeli ambassador to Hungary said the campaign,
“evokes sad memories but also sows hatred and fear.”
Israel’s dislike of George Soros is unsurprising. Despite his Jewish heritage, Soros has spent millions of dollars funding the Human Rights Watch which is highly critical of Israel, their occupation of the West Bank, and their relationship with Palestine. Due to this large influence that Soros wields Israel and Hungary have both attempted to pass legislation that limits funding of NGO’s from foreigners.
The Hungarian and Israel anti-immigration policy also puts them at odds with Soros. The two allies have discussed purchasing and implementing security fences to keep undocumented migrants out. While simultaneously Soros has advocated for developing countries to aid in mitigating the migrant crisis in Europe by accepting more refugees.
The Hungarian Prime Minister and Soros have also maintained a tempestuous and acrimonious relationship. Back in April, they came to fisticuffs when Orban shut down the Central European University which was almost entirely funded by Soros. Showing that it is very clear their relationship is beyond repair and will likely continue to regress.
Soros is known for his progressive and left wing agenda. He supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election and he has funneled millions of dollars to liberal and progressive organizations and movements. Soros has even been accused of busing in paid protestors after the 2017 presidential inauguration to denounce President Trump.
What does it say about a person when the country of their heritage (Israel), the country of their residence (the United States), and the country of their birth (Hungary) all cannot stand you?
Soros cannot seem to find friends anywhere! There is a reason for that. It’s got nothing to do with the fact that he is Jewish. Perhaps it is time he stops looking at others to be fixed and fixes his own actions.