Hungarian lawmakers discuss cultural ties in Israel

A delegation of Hungarian lawmakers, on a three-day visit to Israel, have held talks with senior officials of the Knesset.

They met Meir Cohen, the deputy speaker of the Israeli parliament, and Yaakov Margi, the head of the assembly’s cultural, education and sports affairs committee.

The lawmakers also held talks with Merav Michaeli and Yisrael Eichler, members of the Knesset Hungarian Friendship chapter.

István Hiller, a lawmaker for the opposition Socialists, told MTI on Tuesday that the talks touched upon the Maccabi Europe Games Budapest will host in 2019.

The event, often referred to as the “Jewish Olympics”, is expected to bring together several thousand athletes from around the world.

János Főnagy, a lawmaker for ruling Fidesz serving as head of the Hungarian-Israeli Friendship Society, said the possibility for Budapest to also host high-level Israeli cultural events was also discussed.

The visit served to further boost bilateral relations, this time between the two parliaments, in a follow-up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Budapest in mid-July.