Netanyahu Visits France, Hungary on Five Day Trip

In this handout from the Israeli GPO, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks up to his aircraft as he departs to Romania on July 6, 2011 in an unspecified city in, Israel. Netanyahu will meet with Romania's President Traian Basescu and Prime Minister Emil Boc. (Photo by Moshe Milner/GPO via …
Moshe Milner/GPO via Getty

The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for a five-day day trip to Europe late Saturday night that will include his first powwow with new French President Emmanuel Macron and about half a dozen meetings with Hungary’s controversial leader Viktor Orban in Budapest.

Netanyahu and his wife Sara took off from Ben-Gurion Airport at around midnight on Saturday, heading to Paris for a ceremony Sunday marking the 75th anniversary of the deportations of French Jewry during the Holocaust. “We are strengthening our ties with countries on five continents — Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, but it also very important to us to strengthen ties with European countries,” the prime minister said as he boarded the plane Saturday night.

Originally, Netanyahu had planned to take off for the French capital on Friday afternoon, with his office explaining that it wanted to avoid Israeli officials possibly desecrating the Jewish Sabbath by preparing his departure before sundown on Saturday.

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