Op-eds / Israel and Europe
The Austrian Freedom Party, which is known for its anti-Semitic and Nazi roots, is part of the new coalition government in Vienna. Its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, is Austria’s new vice-chancellor. In the last time Strache’s party joined the Austrian government, Israel was quick to react: it called its ambassador from Vienna and lowered the level of relations. This time, the chances for a strong Israeli reaction are slim, since some Israeli politicians have already legitimized Strache and even created connections with his far-right party.