After the far-right wing Freedom Party joined the new Austrian coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Jerusalem’s contact with the three Freedom Party members who received senior positions in the government will be limited. Netanyahu ordered that the relations with these ministers remain strictly “professional.”

Netanyahu and Kurz

Netanyahu and Kurz Photo Credit: Reuters/Pool/Israel News Company

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who also serves as the country’s foreign affairs minister, announced on Monday that Israel will boycott the far-right wing ministers in the new Austrian government. Netanyahu ordered during a Foreign Affairs Ministry meeting that the relations with Austria’s Freedom Party, which became a senior member of the Austrian coalition government over the weekend, will remain strictly “professional.”

At the end of the meeting, Netanyahu said that his contact with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the conservative People’s Party revolves around work matters. He then ordered that all relations with the far-right wing party ministers- Austria’s foreign minister, defense minister and interior minister- not reach the level of contact that he has with Kurz and remain at a professional level.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Affairs Ministry director-general to formulate a plan that Israeli diplomats should follow when dealing with the new Austrian government. “For the moment, Israel will conduct work relations with the professional rank in the ministries led by a minister from the Freedom Party,” the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry stressed. “The State of Israel is asking to emphasize its complete commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and the commemoration of the Holocaust.”