Hungary’s ascension to the European Union Council Presidency in July will improve relations between Israel and the 27-member bloc, Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz said during a visit to the Jewish state’s strong ally in Europe, Report informs referring to The Jerusalem Post.

“The period of the Hungarian Presidency is an unprecedented opportunity to improve Israel’s position in the European Union” despite “the plots” that EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell “has tried to promote against us,” Katz said.

The EU Council Presidency, held on a rotating six-month basis, was filled in the last year first by Spain, then by Belgium – two countries sharply at odds with the Jewish state over the Gaza war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hungary takes up those reigns as calls have grown among EU member states to review the EU-Israel Association Agreement in light of the Gaza war with an eye to using it as a vehicle to influence the IDF’s military campaign against Hamas in that enclave.

The agreement lays the framework for Israel-EU relations, whereby countries upset by the IDF’s actions in Gaza have threatened to weaken these ties. Hungary is expected to push back against those efforts.