The National University of Public Service organized the second Ambassador’s Forum at Ludovika, this time with H.E. Ilan Mor, Ambassador of the State of Israel in Budapest as the guest of honour on the 18th of June 2015. The event series was initiated by NUPS with the aim of establishing a future meeting place and forum of discussions for representatives of diplomacy and academia.
Following the welcome address of Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS, H.E. Ilan Mor gave a keynote speech titled “EU-Israel Relations: Constructive Dialogue or Two Monologue?” The ambassador made open remarks about the European Union and touched upon – inter alia – the subject of Arab-Israeli relations.
After the presentation, H.E. Ilan Mor, Dr. Erzsébet Nagyné Rózsa, Head of the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy at the Faculty of International and European Studies and Dr. Károly Grúber, former Ambassador (Representative to the PSC) in Brussels discussed the mentioned topics in a roundtable session. Dr. Károly Grúber and H.E. Ilan Mor agreed that the bilateral relations between Hungary and the State of Israel are specifically good, with Hungary currently holding the Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. According to H.E. Ilan Mor, however, in certain issues the EU and Israel do not have a proper dialogue. The participants of the roundtable discussion also emphasized the importance of common values within bilateral and multilateral relations.
H.E. Ilan Mor pointed out that the security situation of the State of Israel is constantly changing. Dr. Erzsébet Nagyné Rózsa added that the security environment of Hungary is also under change, in that the pressure of migration and the situation in Ukraine forced Hungary to face new challenges. During the Q&A session, H.E. Ilan Mor shortly touched upon the decision of the United States’ Supreme Court in the Jerusalem passport case.
After the roundtable session, the participants of the Forum carried on with their discussion while enjoying a selection of wine and cheese provided by the Embassy of the State of Israel in Budapest. In addition, they were acquainted with examples of Israeli literature through a book exhibition supported by the Embassy.
Prof. Dr. András Patyi Rector, Dr. Norbert Kis Vice-Rector responsible for international affairs and Dr. Gábor Boldizsár Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training have been conducting negotiations about student and staff mobility programmes as well as joint conferences with the leaders of the University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Tel-Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
The effectiveness of the discussions is already proved by the fact that the draft version of the co-operation agreement with the University of Haifa had already been prepared during the stay of the delegation. There exchange of professors and joint organisation of conferences will hopefully start next autumn.
According to András Patyi, the delegation received a friendly, open-minded welcome from the Israeli institutions with strong determination regarding the future co-operation that reflected the far-reaching work of the Hungarian University ranging from military sciences through law enforcement, political sciences, European and international studies to public administration covering all fields of public service.
“The aim of the National University of Public Service is to educate politically neutral and tolerant public leaders. The process could be facilitated if students got the possibility to know how Israeli scientists think about global affairs, the Middle East area, local conflicts, get familiar with their experiences on public management and their views on minority rights and rights of religion. It is important to raise awareness in students that Israel is not equivalent to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is rather a culturally and economically prosperous country with a unique history” – András Patyi said.
Translation of MTI article
Photo: University of Haifa