- - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Where is the United States’ moral voice when it is needed? Hungary is repeating what it did during the Holocaust — standing in the way of refugees who seek asylum, in this case, Syrians attempting to travel to Austria and Germany. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Mihly Orbn has made incendiary remarks, telling the Syrian refugees not to come to his country, that he does not want Muslims. The United States’ silence is deafening.

Last week Mr. Orbn made the following declaration outside the European Union headquarters in Brussels: “I think we have a right to decide we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country.” He also declared that the refugees are not a European problem, but rather a German one. He went on to defend his government’s decision to construct a fence along its southwestern border with Serbia, built to keep the refugees out and not let the refugees already stranded in Budapest and other cities board trains to Austria and Germany.

Rather than say something about this, the U.S. State Department, in a fact sheet online, declares the following: “Hungary … partners with the United States on our common goals in Europe, such as stability in the Balkans and promoting democracy in Europe’s East, as well as on global challenges beyond Europe.” Who are they kidding?

For those of us who believe that the United States has the strongest moral voice in the world, America’s lack of moral clarity in this situation is shocking. Please, Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell and Mr. Obama, you must speak with one strong and clear voice and tell Mr. Orbn that he and his government’s statements are repulsive. Please speak on behalf of those who cannot do so.

ITZCHAK KORNFELD



Jerusalem

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