The Foreign Ministry expressed surprise Tuesday at reports that Jews in Budapest were summoned by the local police for questioning about their contacts with Israelis and Jews from Western countries. The Ministry noted that Israel’s relations with Hungary are “among the best in Eastern Europe” but declined to comment further because the reports were unconfirmed. They came from Israelis returning from visits to Hungary, who said police attention was focused on home study groups organized by Jews in Budapest and on contacts the Jewish community had with Jews from abroad, especially Israel.
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