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Scoop: Israel negotiating with Hungary over revisionist Holocaust museum

Orban (L) and Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Photo: Debbie Hill/AFP/Getty Images

Israel is negotiating with Hungary's government over the future contents of a new revisionist Holocaust museum to be opened in Budapest. Israeli officials told me the nationalist right-wing Hungarian government led by Viktor Orbán wants to use the museum to whitewash any involvement of the Hungarian state or the Hungarian people in Nazi crimes during World War II.

The bigger picture: This is another example of a populist government in central Europe trying to rewrite the history of World War II and distance themselves from any history of antisemitism or cooperation with the Nazis. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is accommodating those steps because it needs the support of the central European governments – mainly Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic — inside the EU.

Soros-founded university says it was forced from Hungary

Protestors in Hungary
Students protest in Hungary against the closing of Central European University. Photo: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The nationalist Hungarian government refused to approve the operations of an American graduate school founded by philanthropist George Soros, forcing the university to move its primary campus from Budapest to Vienna, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Central European University has been targeted by the right-wing Hungarian government due in part to its association with Soros, whose liberalism stands in stark contrast to the increasingly authoritarian rule of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orbán has sought to transform Hungary into what he calls an "illiberal state" by cracking down on independent institutions and civil society, forcing many of his allies — including the Trump administration and the conservative European People's Party — to decide whether to speak out in defense of western values.

Go deeper: How Hungary could force a conservative reckoning across Europe

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