Netanyahu congratulates Austrian Chancellor-elect

Netanyahu phone Austrian Chancellor-elect Sebastian Kurz, invites him to visit Israel.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Netanyahu and Kurz
Netanyahu and Kurz
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening spoke to Austrian Chancellor-elect Sebastian Kurz.

Netanyahu congratulated Kurz on his election victory and said that Austria has done much in recent years to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and in its fight against anti-Semitism, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

The Chancellor-elect thanked the Prime Minister and added that he was interested in developing the friendship and links with Israel.

Netanyahu also raised the issue of Iranian aggression and invited Kurz to visit Israel. The latter responded positively and said that he would be happy to visit Israel soon.

Kurz, head of the center-right Austrian People’s Party, came in first with a projected 30.2 percent of the vote in Sunday’s poll.

The election also saw the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) coming in second place with a projected 26.9 percent of the vote.

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) welcomed the victory of Kurz, but also expressed concerns over the rise of FPO.

Similarly, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) expressed its grave concern over the rise of FPO.

WJC President Ronald Lauder said, "It is sad and distressing that such a platform should receive more than a quarter of the vote and become the country's second party."

The WJC President congratulated Kurz and said, "We have known Mr. Kurz for a long time. He is a very talented leader. I am sure he will be able to establish a good government and become an extraordinary leader of the great country of Austria."