'Kosher program.' Kara
Photo: Noam Moscowitz
Heinz-Christian Strache
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Israeli MK meets Austrian far right chief; irks local Jews
Likud's Ayoob Kara says considers anti-immigration Freedom Party partner in fight against terrorism; Jewish community calls for his resignation

An Israeli lawmaker has met with the leader of Austria's far right amid protests from the Jewish community.


Ayoob Kara, a deputy minister and a member of Israel's ruling Likud Party, told reporters Tuesday that he considers Heinz-Christian Strache and his Freedom Party as partners in the fight against terrorism and that there was nothing in the group's program that "isn't kosher."


Austria's Jewish community criticized the get-together and called for Kara's resignation. Strache's anti-immigration party recently saw a surge in support in local elections in Vienna, the country's capital, following a campaign laced with anti-Islamic rhetoric.


Kara said he would do all he could to "legitimize" Strache in Israel and around the world.


He told Ynet later, "According to my research, (the Freedom Party) is the only party in Austria which supported Israel in the aftermath of the raid on the Turkish flotilla. On Thursday Strache is scheduled to accompany me to a ceremony at the Holocaust memorial and Vienna and call to strengthen the Jewish nation and the State of Israel."


Roni Sofer contributed to the report



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