President Katalin Novák and Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky on Wednesday inspected Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system.
Szalay-Bobrovniczky told journalists that he and President Novák had attended “important” meetings at the invitation of Israel’s president and prime minister-elect, as well as Israel’s outgoing PM. He said bilateral relations “have been very good for a very long time”, especially when it comes to defence matters.
Hungary is examining Iron Dome, especially in light of Tuesday’s events in Ukraine, the minister said. In addition, it is studying Israel’s “well-structured” high-tech cooperation between its defence industry, army and air force.
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President Katalin Novák, arriving in Israel on a two-day working visit on Wednesday at the invitation of President Isaac Herzog, visited the Yad Vashem Institute, the Holocaust memorial center in Jerusalem. Dani Dayan, Yad Vashem’s president, received President Novák who viewed the Hall of Names and the Children’s Memorial. She lit the eternal candle before placing a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance.
The president also talked to Holocaust survivors in the Holocaust Museum’s educational centre. She declared it “our duty” to remember the victims of the Holocaust and to apologise to the survivors. Parents, she said, are best suited to educating their children about history and the need to prevent horrors like the Holocaust.
Dayan said everyone’s duty was to confront anti-Semitism forcefully and nip it in the bud as soon as it is first manifested. After her meeting with President Herzog on Thursday, the Hungarian president will meet Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu and acting Prime Minister Jair Lapid.
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