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Gal Gadot took a swipe at Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday after he criticized a fellow Israeli star.
The “Wonder Woman” actress Gadot defended political comments made by actress and model Rotem Sela after Netanyahu lectured her in a social media post, saying that “Israel is not a state for all its citizens.”
“Loving your neighbor as yourself is not a matter of right-left, Jewish-Arab, secular or religious, it is a matter of dialogue, of dialogue for peace, equality and tolerance for each other,” Gadot wrote in her Instagram story in Hebrew Sunday. “The responsibility for such hope is on us to create a brighter future for our children. Rotem, my sister, you’re an inspiration for us all.”
Over the weekend, Sela reacted to an interview with Miri Legev, a minister within Netanyahu’s Likud party. Netanyahu is up for re-election in April, and Sela posted on Instagram that Legev’s comments were anti-Arab.
“What’s the problem with the Arabs? Good heavens, there are also Arab citizens in this country,” Sela wrote on Instagram via The Washington Post. “When the hell will somebody in the government tell the public that Israel is a state of all its citizens and that all people are born equal? And also, that the Arabs are human beings.”
Netanyahu then responded to Sela in his own post on Facebook saying that “Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — and the Jewish people only.”
“Dear Rotem Sela, I read what you wrote. First of all, an important correction: Israel is not a state for all its citizens. According to a basic law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — and the Jewish people only,” he wrote. “As you wrote, there is no problem with the Arab citizens of Israel — they have equal rights and the Likud government has invested more in the Arab sector than any other government.
“We just want to sharpen the central question of these elections: Should Israel be led by a strong right-wing government headed by myself or by a left-wing government of Yair Lapid and Gantz with the support of the Arab parties? There is no other way for Lapid and Gantz to establish a government and such a government will undermine the security of the state and the citizens. The decision will be made in another month at the ballot box.”
Last year, Israel passed a law that declared Israel a national homeland for Jews and prioritized Jewish-only communities, with critics saying it has left other minority communities marginalized.