Rivlin retracts invite for Hungarian counterpart
László Kövér, who was meant to attend Knesset's Wallenberg memorial, participated in ceremony honoring a Nazi collaborator.
SPEAKER REUVEN Rivlin speaks Photo: Courtesy of the Knesset
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin told his Hungarian counterpart that he is no
longer welcome in the Knesset next month, following Hungarian National Assembly
Speaker László Kövér’s participation in a memorial ceremony for a pro- Nazi
Kövér was scheduled to visit the Knesset next month for a
ceremony honoring the 100th birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat in
Hungary who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
the Hungarian speaker a letter on Sunday, saying that he was “appalled by the
shocking news” of Kövér’s participation in a memorial for writer Joszef Nyiro,
who was a member of the Nazi-sympathizing fascist Arrow Cross party in the
Hungarian parliament during World War II.
“You chose to participate in
this event and openly declare your solidarity with a person whose party, within
the government of Hungary, cooperated with the German Nazi murderers in
realizing their program to annihilate the Jewish People,” Rivlin
Rivlin added, “Anyone who participates in such an event cannot
possibly then take part in an event to honor a man like Raoul Wallenberg, a
beacon of humanity, who saved Jews, who is a symbol of the struggle against Nazi
Germany and its collaborators, one of whom you chose to identify with and pay
On Wednesday, the Knesset speaker is set to fly to Germany,
where he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Joachim Gauck and
Bundestag President Norbert Lammert.
Rivlin also plans to visit the House
of the Wannsee Conference, as well as Berlin’s Jewish Museum and Holocaust