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  7/26/2014, Tammuz 28, 5774

Hungary's Rome Envoy-to-Be Withdraws after Anti-Semitic Comments

"Peter Szentmihalyi Szabo informed the Foreign Affairs Ministry he doesn't wish to be ambassador," the ministry said in a statement Friday.

The 69-year-old writer and commentator with links to the far-right media had raised eyebrows in Hungary, after media outlets extensively quoted his most controversial work.

He referred to Jews as "agents of Satan" in an article in 2000 for the far-right publication Magyar Forum, and has written a poem in praise of Magyar Garda, the now disbanded paramilitary wing of Hungary's far-right Jobbik party.