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Austria’s right-wing leader visited tourist sites and will meet with PM tomorrowBefore meeting with Netanyahu, the Austrian leader visited Yad Vashem and laid a remembrance wreath alongside a survivor of the Austrian Mauthausen camp.
Austrian Chancellor, leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party Sebastian Kurz arrived in Israel on Sunday for the first time since he was appointed chancellor last October. Kurz, who formed a coalition with the far-right FPO (Freedom party), which has anti-Semitic roots, is hoping to speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the boycotting of ministers in the Austrian government and to normalize the relations between the two countries.
Kurz will also attend the American Jewish Committee (AJC) premier annual conference in Jerusalem on Monday, where more than 1,500 people, including young Jews from US and other countries, are expected to meet for the first outside of the US.
Today, Kurz paid a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, a signature visit, taken by global leaders upon their first visit to Israel. He lit the remembrance torch and laid a remembrance wreath, accompanied by Victor Klein, a Holocaust survivor, who was born in Poland and survived the Mauthausen concentration camp in Upper Austria,
Netanyahu and the Austrian leader first met in February this year at the Munich Security Conference, after which the Israeli PM expressed his appreciation of the measures Kurz promised to take against anti-Semitism in his country and for stating that he will support Israel and also try to change Austria’s attitude towards Israel during UN meetings.
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