Palestinian embassy calls on gov't to reconsider position on conflict

Int’l Relations

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The Embassy of the State of Palestine in Hungary called on the Hungarian government to reconsider its position on the rapidly escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó expressed "full solidarity" with Israel last week.

"Hungary condemns in the strongest terms the latest missile attacks against Israeli cities carried out by various Palestinian terror groups. We demonstrate our full solidarity with Israel and recognize her right to self-defense. The senseless and indiscriminate violence against civilians must stop immediately," Szijjártó wrote in a Facebook post last week.

The Palestinian embassy said that while favoring one side in the conflict and showing solidarity is a sovereign decision, "Ignoring the tragic events occurred in Jerusalem, disregarding the enormous pain and tremendous destruction that ravaged Gaza in the past days, and moreover condemning the Palestinian response, does indeed convey to Palestine a worrying message."

The embassy claimed that Hungary's position lacks the minimum balance and recognition of "decisive irrefutable facts", in addition to downplaying the value and significance of what the statement described as "historical friendship" between the two nations.

"As such, we call upon the government of Hungary to reconsider her position and to condemn the true aggressor, the occupying power, who triggered the current cycle of violence, aggravated tensions, and destabilized the volatile situation causing immense human suffering. True Friendship dictates principled and balanced positions, and it sustains criticism at times," the statement concludes.




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