Gyöngyösi's call came after Foreign Ministry State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth said Budapest favored a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as benefiting Israelis with Hungarian ancestry, Hungarian Jews and Palestinians in Hungary. In response, Hungarian Spectrum quoted Gyöngyösi as follows:
”Naturally I also know how many Hungarian compatriots of ours [then corrects] how many people of Hungarian origin live in Israel and how many Israeli Jewish compatriots of ours live in Hungary. But I believe that the time has come, especially during such conflict, to consider making a list of Jews living in the country, especially those who are in the Hungarian Parliament and the Hungarian government, who, indeed, post a national security risk to Hungary.”
Later, Gyöngyösi specified that he was referring primarily to citizens with dual Israeli-Hungarian citizenship. Of course, under Israel's Law of Return, any Jew worldwide who is matrilinearly Jewish is considered eligible for Israeli citizenship at any time; activating it is but a mere technicality.
Gyöngyösi's clarification did not spare him from criticism from the usual suspects, however, and a Holocaust survivor joined the debate. Gusztav Zoltai, executive director of the Hungarian Jewish Congregations' Association, said "I am a Holocaust survivor. For people like me this generates raw fear, even though it is clear that this only serves political ends. This is the shame of Europe, the shame of the world". Slomo Koves, chief rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, added his two shekels worth, saying "Jobbik has moved from representing medieval superstition (of the blood libel) to openly Nazi ideologies". The United Hungarian Jewish Religious Community, a prominent Jewish organisation, plans to go further, saying it will press charges against Gyöngyösi. And an unidentified Hungarian government spokesman chimed in, saying "The Hungarian Government condemns to the greatest possible degree the statement made in Parliament by Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi. The Government takes the strictest possible action against every form of racism and anti-Semitic behaviour and does everything in order to ensure that malicious voices incompatible with European norms are driven back. The Government also makes it clear that every citizen will be protected from such insults".
In July 2012, Gyöngyösi made waves by condemning investigators witch-hunting alleged Nazi war criminals in Hungary, and in January 2012 was accused by the opposition Socialist party of engaging in Holocaust denial.
Nothing subtle about the response from Jewish blogmistress Debbie Schlussel -- she says "Welcome to Holocaust 2.0".
Jobbik continues to grow in popularity since registering as a political party in 2003. It has become more nationalist, condemning Jewish extremism and confronting the deleterious influence of Gypsies (Roma). It entered Parliament after the 2010 elections and currently holds 44 of 386 seats. Since more than half the Hungarian electorate is undecided about formal party membership, Jobbik could hold the balance of power in the 2014 elections between the governing Fidesz Party, which has lost more than a million voters since 2010, and the fragmented left-wing opposition.