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      Hungarian City Supports Israel Against Flotilla

      An official Hungarian delegation brings a petition in support of Israel's counter-terror policy, and the right to defend its citizens.
      By Malkah Fleisher
      First Publish: 6/8/2010, 10:33 PM / Last Update: 6/8/2010, 10:45 PM

      Municipality of Kiryat Motzkin
      As Israel continues to be lambasted in the international arena, a small voice of support was heard out of Hungary on Tuesday.

      A delegation of public officials from the Hungarian city of Nyireghyhaza ("Birch Church") arrived in the northern Israeli city of Kiryat Motzkin on June 8. Nyireghyhaza and Kiryat Motzkin are sister cities. As part of the Hungarian's reception, Deputy Mayor of Nyireghyhaza Laszlo Nagy presented Kiryat Motzkin Mayor Haim Tzuri with a petition signed by over 500 Hungarians in support of Israel's fight against terrorism.

      The petition stated: "We, the citizens of Nyiregyhaza, assure our brother city of Kiryat Motzkin and the State of Israel of our support.  We consider the breaking of the naval blockade of Gaza as a provocation and we proclaim that Israel, like all other recognized states, had, has and will have the right to protect itself and the lives and security of its citizens."

      After the petition was read, Deputy Mayor Nagy spoke. "The Israeli action against the flotilla was justified," he asserted.  "It was done in order to prevent an attack on the sovereignty of the State of Israel and we should all understand the importance of this."  

      Additional members of the delegation agreed that "the time has come for the world to unite against terrorism."  

      The Hungarians affirmed that demonstrations in support of Israel had taken place in Nyiregyhaza.
       
      Mayor Tzuri praised the visitors saying, "the residents of the State of Israel are proud of you and thank you for understanding that we must fight terrorism and protect our citizens.  No country in the world would allow rockets to fall on it or allow its citizens to be exposed to deadly acts of terrorism. IDF soldiers are an example for soldiers the world over."