Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Arthur Schneier, New York Park East Synagogue’s chief rabbi, for a lunch in Parliament on Monday, the PM’s spokesman told MTI.
The two officials were in agreement that religious tensions are among the causes of the world’s conflicts, and therefore followers of various faiths should not only show tolerance for each other but mutual respect and acceptance, too.
“The rabbi expressed his satisfaction that the Hungarian government takes responsibility for every single Hungarian citizen,” Orbán’s spokesman, Bertalan Havasi, said.
Both the prime minister and Schneier said it will be an occasion of great significance next week that, for the first time since the collapse of communism, Israel’s prime minister will be making an official visit to Hungary.
As we wrote, PM Orbán met David Lau, Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, for talks in Budapest on last week.