Peres refuses to meet with leader of far-right Austrian Freedom Party

Some 16 years after Israel recalled its ambassador to Vienna to protest the inclusion of Jorg Haider’s far-right Freedom Party in Austria’s government, Haider’s heir as head of the party – Heinz Christian Strache – arrived in Israel on Monday and toured Yad Vashem on Tuesday.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon stressed, however, that Strache – invited by some Likud activists – was not invited by the government, which had nothing to do with his trip.


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