In Bizarre Confrontation, Israel Calls George Soros A "Threat To Democratic Governments"

In a bizarre diplomatic development, none other than the state of Israel has branded billionaire philanthropist George Soros, one of Hillary Clinton's most generous donors, a "threat", accusing him of "continuously undermining Israel's democratically elected governments" and saying that Soros-funded organizations "defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself".

How did this escalation materialize?

It started in Hungary, where as we have repeatedly documented, Soros has emerged as one of the government's most visible adversaries. Soros, a Hungarian-born Jew who has spent a large part of his fortune funding pro-democracy and human rights groups even as he has been accused of abusing taxpayer funds to organize the overthrow of "unfriendly" regimes, has repeatedly been targeted by Hungary's right-wing government, in particular over his support for sending more migrants into Europe. Most recently, Prime Minister Viktor Orban backed a campaign in which Soros is singled out as "an enemy of the state".

"Let's not allow Soros to have the last laugh" say billboards next to a picture of the 86-year-old investor.

Soros, who rarely addresses personal attacks against him, has not commented on the billboards. But Hungarian Jewish groups and Human Rights Watch, an organization partly funded by Soros, have condemned the campaign, saying it "evokes memories of the Nazi posters during the Second World War". And, as Reuters adds, many posters have been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, including the words "stinking Jew" written in magic marker.

And this is where Israel's bizarre intervention takes place.

Over the weekend, Israel's ambassador to Hungary issued a statement denouncing the campaign, saying it "evokes sad memories but also sows hatred and fear", a reference to Hungary's part in the deportation of 500,000 Jews during the Holocaust. But hours after the ambassador's comments, Israel's foreign ministry issued a "clarification" saying that Soros was a legitimate target for criticism.

And, in what appears to have been an unprecedented diplomatic attack by Israel, the country's foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that "in no way was the statement (by the ambassador) meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel's democratically elected governments," adding that Soros funded organizations "defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself".

Israel's U-turn is confusing because it is normally quick to denounce anti-Semitism or threats to Jewish communities anywhere in the world. While it made that point in the statement, it chose to focus on the threat it believes Soros poses to Israeli democracy.

The foreign ministry's unusual decision to issue a statement clarifying comments by one of its ambassadors comes days before Netanyahu, who also serves as Israel's foreign minister, is scheduled to visit Orban.

According to Reuters, among the organizations Soros funds is Human Rights Watch, which is frequently critical of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and its policies toward the Palestinians. And, like Hungary, Israel has passed legislation that seeks to limit the influence of non-governmental organizations that receive a large portion of their funding from abroad. In this case from Soros and his Open Society initiative.

Just as strange as Israel's attack on Soros, is Netanyahu's surprisingly close relationship to Hungary's prime minister.

As Reuters writes, Israel and Hungary were briefly at odds last month after Orban praised Hungary's World War Two leader Miklos Horthy, calling him an "exceptional statesman". Horthy - an ally of Adolf Hitler who approved anti-Jewish legislation in the 1920s and 1930s - cooperated with the Germans in deporting Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust.

While Israel initially expressed alarm over Orban's remarks, it then quickly accepted the Hungarian government's explanation that Orban had zero tolerance for anti-Semitism and was not suggesting everything Horthy did was positive.

The strong ties between Netanyahu and Orban have raised eyebrows all the way at the European Union, where Orban is regarded as an "illiberal maverick" and populist whose party has curtailed press freedom and stymied EU efforts to tackle the migrant crisis.

Ultimately, however, the explanation for Israel's seemingly bizarre behavior may be simple: money and influence. Hungary has held discussions with Israel about purchasing high tech security fences to keep migrants out, estimated by some to cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars, while Israel has sought better ties with countries that it hopes will take its side in any EU discussions where Israel is criticized.

Comments

herodocious Jul 11, 2017 6:42 AM Permalink

In Hungary today.  These signs are everywhere.  One subway station has an escalator that goes deeper than anyone in NYC and every 10 feet there is one of those posters.  Someone has it out for Soros and rightfully so.  

Ghordius Jul 11, 2017 3:20 AM Permalink

well done, ZH, for this little gem:"Just as strange as Israel's attack on Soros, is Netanyahu's surprisingly close relationship to Hungary's prime minister. "how about the surprisingly close history of Soros and the very same Hungarian Prime Minister?as I stated here a few times, Soros is a... tentacle. of something bigger then him

TheObsoleteMan Jul 11, 2017 1:34 AM Permalink

Is anyone naive enough to believe this bullshit? Soros works for them. If the Israeli government really felt that way, the Mossad could have taken him anytime they wanted too. File this under: Bullshit or propaganda.

PitBullsRule Jul 11, 2017 12:03 AM Permalink

George Soros is a threat?  I don't suppose there are any Jews in our government that could be a threat, are there?  All those Goldman Sachs Jews that Trump put in his cabinet?  His Jew son in law, that has been caught red-handed selling out to the Russians?  His daughter, who converted into a Jew after she married a Jew?  Any of that a threat to our democracy?Nah, what harm could a Jew cause....?

pizdowitz Jul 10, 2017 11:28 PM Permalink

I'll say it again:2017 is the inflexion year. Every Commie "inalienable truths" you were told for the last 30+ years will be invalidated in the following years.  

uhland62 are we there yet Jul 11, 2017 12:20 AM Permalink

McCain is 80 years old. But Obama and Bush II were a lot younger and didn't make the world a better place, either, after playing 'most powerful man on earth' for 8 years each. Nethanyahoo's affinity for Hungary must have something to do with many Israelis who bought land there when it came on the market cheap. NGOs like those which Soros finances, should really be under close surveillance by the secret services. They meddle in politics but haven't sought a mandate and unlike political parties are not accountable to anyone - just loose canons. 

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Nostradumbass Jul 10, 2017 10:57 PM Permalink

So old George Soros has a terminal disease which will culminate in his death very soon then?Those jeuws sure don't waste any opportunity to try to confuse the Goyim do they? 

mary mary Jul 10, 2017 9:36 PM Permalink

In next week's episode, Soros gets chained to a chair while the dogs he himself starved for a week, so as to make them ready to kill and eat anything, are let into the room with him.

swizzlefoot Jul 10, 2017 8:52 PM Permalink

what? confused... Soros funds "their agenda"... this is like two players on the same team fighting, interesting to see; i don't see any postive "covert" intentions gained by this?

Posa Jul 10, 2017 8:51 PM Permalink

As with "human rights" in the hands of the US State Department, "anti-Semitism" has been weaponized against any critics of the expansionist, bellicose apartheid state. Who is an anti-Semite and who is a philo-Semite remains infinitely malleable... as with Soros, the status (anti-or-philo) changes in a matter of minutes. Very Orwellian...

VZ58 Herdee Jul 10, 2017 8:49 PM Permalink

And made so by Soros. You're a moron if you don't understand that. Face it, Palestine that is the biggest political ponzi scheme ever. The only reason that there isn't ME peace is, because the West and the other Arabs fund the Palestinians to maintain the useful idiot Muslims in their welfare sewer forever.

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Zepper Jul 10, 2017 8:34 PM Permalink

Soros is going to live into the hundreds given he probably gets blood transfusions from really young israelis... He still needs to be kosher. Plus he has sons that will follow in their fathers footsteps. 

VZ58 Jul 10, 2017 8:43 PM Permalink

Um, hello?  Is this the Israeli ambassador to Hungray's office? Yes? Please advise him that he has been reposted to a new office in Outer Mongolia as of today. Tell him to pack his bags. Maybe Trump's friendship with BiBi and Putin has resulted in all parties affected finally having had enough of the old meddling saboteur jew? Time for a visit from Mossad? We can only dream...

John_Coltrane Jul 10, 2017 7:59 PM Permalink

To understand this apparent change in Israeli attitude to old Georgy Porgy you need only pay attention to this sentence,

"Hungary has held discussions with Israel about purchasing high tech security fences to keep migrants out, estimated by some to cost in the hundreds of millions of dollar"

The tribe (and really most humans) have a hard time understanding anything when it is not in their financial interest to do so. (See the Merchant of Venice for more details)

geeves Jul 10, 2017 7:52 PM Permalink

This is no surprise to me. Soros isn't Jewish. He's a dark occultist that wants global socialism for us and feudal crony capitalism for himself and his spirit cooking buddies. 

johnnycanuck koan Jul 10, 2017 8:03 PM Permalink

He suffers from a similar complex to Netanyahu as observed by a number of learned individuals. Messianic Complex.  Soros differs from Benny from Israel in that he has admitted / acknowledged it in an interview made available to the public.  Can't remember the exact source, but I'm quite sure it was done by a major US media outlet. What I find truly disturbing is the amount of influence both of them have on the world we live in.

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WorkingClassMan Jul 10, 2017 7:33 PM Permalink

This is a case where even a broken clock is correct twice a day...Isn'treal calling jew Soros a threat.  And they're right. If there's an individual I loathe more than Isn'treal, it's jew Soros. And let's be clear...the only reason Orban is a nationalist--or pretending to be one--is because JOBBIK is holding his ass to the fire.  Without Jobbik, Hungary would be a shitpit like the rest of Jewrope is now.

loveyajimbo Jul 10, 2017 7:29 PM Permalink

Since when does Israel whine about shit like this?  Isn't Mossad capable anymore of taking out one vile old maggot on the QT??  Guess the good guys in Hungary will have to do the job...Soros would look great in an Iron Maiden...

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Barney Fife Jul 10, 2017 7:28 PM Permalink

I find it incredibly suspicious that Soros has not been assassinated yet. The list of nations and political groups that apparently want him dead is long and growing by the year. Hell, the Russians alone could smoke this guy. Why haven't they?