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Constantin von Hoffmeister reports that Hungary’s Jobbik party, which was once deeply rooted in Eurasianism and unwaveringly pro-Russian, has abandoned its original principles and is now cozying up to George Soros and turning into a faithful servant of the globalist hydra.

In a shocking and bewildering turn of events, Márton Gyöngyösi, chairman of the opposition Jobbik-Conservatives party, was spotted rubbing shoulders at the US Embassy’s Passover Seder in Budapest on April 6. The attendance of this controversial figure has caused quite a stir as Gyöngyösi was previously known for his anti-Jewish and anti-Israel statements.

Jobbik joined hands with the liberals and far Left in last year’s Hungarian elections, all in a desperate attempt to take down Orban and Fidesz. But what happened? It backfired enormously, and Jobbik lost a significant portion of its supporters.

Gyöngyösi once said in the Hungarian parliament (as translated by Reuters), “I know how many people with Hungarian ancestry live in Israel, and how many Israeli Jews live in Hungary. I think such a conflict makes it timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry who live here, especially in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who, indeed, pose a national security risk to Hungary.”

In a 2012 interview with The Jewish Chronicle, he also made contentious remarks, claiming that “it has become a fantastic business to jiggle around with the numbers” when discussing the murder of 565,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. Furthermore, Gyöngyösi asserted that Israel was established by “terrorists” and operates a “Nazi system based on racial hatred.” He even compared Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, remarking, “Look at Lieberman, he’s no different from Goebbels. He is a pure Nazi.”

In a 2013 protest, Gyöngyösi commented, “Labeling anyone who criticizes Israel’s policies and the growth of Zionism as anti-Semitic serves to distract from the wrongdoings of Zionism.” He further claimed that “Jews working for Zionism played a nefarious role” in operating communist dictatorships. He pointed out that “the way Israel forces indigenous Palestinians off their land amounts to genocide, something even Nazi Germany’s ideologues would be astounded by.”

Observers are left dumbfounded by the blatant betrayal of Jobbik’s original Eurasianist roots. The party, which once stood shoulder to shoulder with Alexander Dugin, now appears to have been bought out by the likes of George Soros, transforming into a puppet eager to serve globalist interests. The metamorphosis is staggering and raises questions about the integrity of the party, which once prided itself on its nationalist stance.

It is essential to remember that Jobbik originally opposed NATO membership for Hungary, seeing it as a threat to national sovereignty and a tool for American hegemony. However, the party’s newfound love for NATO is a stark departure from its previous position, suggesting a complete reversal of its values and a betrayal of its supporters.

Jobbik’s original stance regarding Russia was more sympathetic, as the party saw Russia as an ally in countering the influence of the European Union and the United States. In fact, the party’s leadership frequently praised the Russian government for its assertiveness on the world stage and its commitment to protecting traditional values. This sympathy for Russia was in line with Jobbik’s original Eurasianist orientation, which aimed to create a geopolitical bloc stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok, capable of challenging the dominance of the Euro-Atlantic alliance.

However, the party’s recent actions and statements have betrayed this original vision. The change in Jobbik’s position towards Russia is not only surprising but also worrying for those who valued the party’s commitment to balancing the power dynamics in Europe. With Jobbik’s shift towards globalism, it is clear that the once fierce nationalists have abandoned their original principles, leaving supporters feeling betrayed and disillusioned.

At the Seder, Gyöngyösi was seen amongst academics, artists, and Jewish community leaders, causing outrage and disbelief. Chief Rabbi Tamás Róna, president of the Hungarian Jewish Prayer Association (ZSIMA), did not mince words when criticizing András Heisler, president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ), for sitting with Gyöngyösi at the event. Róna stated that Heisler’s actions had deeply upset the Jewish community in Hungary.

Heisler admitted he had not known Gyöngyösi would be attending but added he did not want to cause a scene out of respect for US Ambassador David Pressman. Despite the Hungarian government’s accusations of anti-Semitism in the US press, the American ambassador seems to have had no qualms about including Gyöngyösi on his guest list. The hypocrisy is truly astounding.

Seats 2018 Seats 2022 +/-
Fidesz 133 135 +2
Jobbik 26 10 -16
Our Homeland (Mi Hazánk) 6 +6

Jobbik joined hands with the liberals and far Left in last year’s Hungarian elections, all in a desperate attempt to take down Orban and Fidesz. But what happened? It backfired enormously, and Jobbik lost a significant portion of its supporters.

Ever since their “new direction” (which translates to betraying their members, voters, and core principles), Jobbik has been shedding members and voters at a staggering rate. They are all heading to the rising nationalist party Mi Hazánk, which is predicted to snatch up most of the remaining Jobbik voters by the next election.

As for Jobbik’s old roots? Not a chance. They have sold out, and there is no turning back now. No point in trying to stage a member uprising (which is doomed to fail anyway) when Mi Hazánk is already making strides in the polls. So, Jobbik’s left struggling in the shadows while its former supporters switch sides.

The burning question now is whether Jobbik can survive another election defeat, which is almost a certainty. Will they keep on going as one of the many 4-5% parties in the liberal coalition, battling against all odds, or will they do the rational thing and simply call it a day?

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Constantin von Hoffmeister

Constantin von Hoffmeister studied English Literature and Political Science in New Orleans. He has worked as an author, journalist, translator, editor and business trainer in India, Uzbekistan and Russia. You can subscribe to his newsletter here:

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