Although all the involved parties have dismissed such speculations, pundits both on Left and Right continue to discuss the potential of a broad anti-Fidesz opposition including both the left-wing parties and Jobbik.
In Magyar Idők, Slomó Köves, executive rabbi of EMIH Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation replies to his left-wing and liberal critics who condemned him for rejecting Jobbik leader Gábor Vona’s Hanukkah greeting (see BudaPost January 9). Köves defends his decision by claiming that despite Gábor Vona’s efforts to rebrand it as a moderate party, Jobbik is still an anti-Semitic radical group. Köves finds it puzzling that left-wing and liberal pundits who for years have called on Fidesz to distance itself from Jobbik and its extremist, anti-Semitic ideology have struck such a conciliatory tone and would now even welcome Jobbik into a broad anti-Fidesz coalition. Rabbi Köves claims that the Left would thus facilitate the ‘banalization’ of anti-Semitism and lose all credibility to criticize racist language if it cooperated with Jobbik. In a separate article in the liberal Magyar Narancs Köves
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Writing in Heti Világgazdaság, László