PHOTOS: Jobbik chairman celebrated Passover Seder together with the US ambassador, Jewish leaders
Márton Gyöngyösi wearing kippah during the dinner. Photo: facebook.com/hungary.usembassy
Márton Gyöngyösi, the chairman and MEP of Jobbik, a Hungarian opposition party, celebrated with the US ambassador in Budapest, David Pressman, and Hungarian Jewish leaders. Gyöngyösi’s name became world-known after he proposed to the parliament in 2012 to draw up a list of the members of the Hungarian government and parliament of Jewish origins because they may mean a national security risk.
After the speech in the parliament, Gyöngyösi started a tour in Hungary to explain what he meant by his misunderstood words. He explained that he just wanted to know who are Israeli-Hungarian double citizens in the government and the parliament. He wanted to follow the example of Israel in that regard. His sentences initiated global outrage and several protests in Hungary, even the Fidesz protested with the Socialists and liberals against him.
Now it seems that after almost one decade of struggle, he and his party might have cleared their names. That is because David Pressman, the US ambassador in Budapest, invited him to celebrate together Passover Seder with some Hungarian Jewish leaders. He even received the best place since he could sit near the ambassador.
Márton Gyöngyösi, the chairman of the Conservative party elected in 2022, has expressed his support towards the United States and NATO several times. Furthermore, he positioned his party to the centre-right. Moreover, several Jobbik politicians made gestures towards Jewish Hungarians. Probably that is why David Pressman invited him.
Among others, the event was attended by representatives of Mazsihisz, the general representative body of the Jewish community in Hungary, and actor Ervin Nagy, who sat next to Gyöngyösi.
Just like the FIDESZ-friendly media will never allow us to forget Gyucsány’s Őszöd speech, I can’t ignore what Jobbik (originally) stood for. Does a leopard change it’s skin?