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Iran could sunder Hungary-Israel illiberal alliance

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Subject

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to Jerusalem.

Significance

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's July 18-20 visit to Jerusalem invited a great deal of controversy, largely related to his approach to Hungary’s interwar history and erosion of democratic institutions. An ideological affinity and common strategic interests support a warm long-term relationship.

Impacts

  • Following the examples of Austria, Poland and Hungary, other CE countries will strengthen their relationship with Israel.
  • Common positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will become increasingly difficult to forge at international forums, including the EU.
  • The profiles of small-country leaders with an illiberal outlook will rise as they show a united front on more issues.
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