Gábor Vona: "When the last straw breaks the camel's back"

"I can neither be bought nor intimidated. And there are many of us like that." Gábor Vona wrote an open letter to Ilan Mor, Israel's Ambassador to Hungary.

We have all heard of the scandal about Ferenc Szaniszló - wrote the President of Jobbik on his Facebook page. It was four days ago that Gábor Vona stood up for the journalist but the hype is still going on. The president of the party wrote an open letter to Ilan Mor, Israel's Ambassador to Hungary.

Ambassador Ilan Mor published the following press release on the website of the Israeli embassy:

" I was astounded to hear that Ferenc Szaniszló, a reporter of Echo TV was decorated with the Táncsics Prize on 15th March, 2013. It is unfortunate that this prize was awarded to a journalist who spreads openly anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli conspiracy theories and advocates that Jewish citizens should be expelled from Israel and refers to Israel as a terrorist state. This journalist considers Israel as the source of all evil in the world and openly questions the legitimacy of the Jewish state.

This journalist uses the same terminology and advocates the same principles as Hamas, the extremist terrorist organization or Iranian president Ahmadinejad and just like them, he wishes for the destruction of the State of Israel. This decorated Hungarian journalist joins them and other anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic forces, openly supporting their distorted ideas in his show on Echo TV.

His theories must not be given representation in such a free and democratic society as Hungary. Even the national media authority charged a fine for Szaniszló's anti-Jewish and anti-Roma remarks aired on Echo TV earlier. His opinions are classic examples of the new anti-Semitism in Europe and Hungary. These are the words of hatred against Israel, the Jewish state and the Jewish people as well as the basic democratic values of the free world.

This person and his remarks must be disowned rather than decorated. I call upon the Hungarian government to take all necessary steps and revoke this prize, which was given to an inappropriate person and for an unacceptable reason. While Israel and Hungary cooperates in the fight against anti-Semitism, such prizes make a negative impression and lead us to the wrong way.

I sincerely hope and wish that this prize will be revoked and the sooner, the better...

Ilan Mor
Ambassador of the State of
Budapest, 18th March 2013

In response to this press release, Gábor Vona, the president of Jobbik posted an open letter on his Facebook page to the ambassador ordering Hungary around:

Your excellency,

I already wrote a letter to you a few months ago. In that letter I asked you to help us, Hungarians and show us how the issue of dual citizenship should be handled in the Parliament. I was hoping to see at last what Israel, the "stronghold of democracy" does in such cases. We have not been able to handle the problem, we cannot even talk about it. Of course, you didn't answer, I knew you wouldn't. If you had, you would have had to reveal that you were demonstrating against something here that is a daily practice in your country. Several Israeli MPs lost their mandates recently just because they were citizens of other countries as well. So much about double standards.

However, this is not the reason why I am writing to you now, it is the outrageous press release you allowed yourself to issue today. You are attacking Ferenc Szaniszló, the journalist who is one of the very-very few among Hungarian foreign-policy journalists who dare to touch upon taboo topics as well. It is an entirely different issue whether you or other people like it or not, or you consider it true or not. Everybody has the right to have an opinion about everything. Ferenc Szaniszló does, too. If he did or said something that breaches the law, go and file a complaint, nobody stops you from that. But you crossed the line when you, a diplomat delegated here, order around the Hungarian government and therefore Hungary as well. You have the right for your opinion, those interested may listen to it, but how dare you order any Hungarian institution here? What business of yours is it whether somebody receives a certain prize here or not?

I know you will just shrug this off. You are a diplomat of the state that has the strongest international lobby; weapons, money, media, power and everything else is on your side. And I am just a Hungarian. What's more, you even consider me as an anti-Semite, which means you needn't deal with me at all. Let me tell you that you are quite wrong. I am not an anti-Semite. I respect every people, every nation, and I respect the pride of each people or nation. That of Jews as well. I had the honour to meet Rabbi Moshe Ber Beck personally. I was greatly impressed by his humble religiousness and bold search for the truth.

On the other hand, I consider every people's or nation's efforts for world hegemony as appalling. That of Jews as well. And I see this arrogance in your behaviour. Since there are no other party presidents to tell you this, I had better do it. It is better if you hear other opinions, not only bootlicking all the time. Because what I write is also the opinion of many Hungarians. We have had enough of other countries ordering us around. We are especially reluctant to accept this from a country that ignores the basic rights of its citizens as well as the resolutions of international organizations, and that regularly conducts a genocide before the elections, because they can collect votes by doing so!

And let me tell you that there are people in my country who are not afraid of you. I am not afraid either. I might get shot by a missile like a dog one day, but I refuse to be afraid in my own country. Remember that! I will never be Israel's dog, unlike all other parliamentary parties here. Do you understand that? Never! I can neither be bought nor intimidated. And there are many of us like that. In fact, there are more and more of us. And the moment we are in government, Márton Gyöngyösi will be Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Ferenc Szaniszló will preside over the Media Authority. And we will politely ask you to go home. The sooner, the better!

Gábor Vona
President of Jobbik
Budapest, 18th March, 2013