On Saturday, Ambassador Yossi Amrani said on the Israeli Embassy’s Facebook page that he calls on those involved in the current billboard campaign about George Soros and those responsible for it to reconsider the consequences. “No gain can come from such a campaign recalling the historic lesson,” the Ambassador said. “At the moment beyond political criticism of a certain person, the campaign not only evokes sad memories but also sow hatred and fear,” he added. "Just like Israel, Hungary will take action against everyone who poses national security risks to the country and its citizens", the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded.
On Monday, the Foreign Ministry of Israel issued the following clarification: "Israel deplores any expression of anti-Semitism in any country and stands with Jewish communities everywhere in confronting this hatred. This was the sole purpose of the statement issued by Israel’s ambassador to Hungary. In no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself".
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Hungary on July 18.