Uh oh, this is a fight that Netanyahu really does not want to have.
Courtesy of The Wrap:
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 Regev, a minister within Netanyahu’s Likud party. Netanyahu is up for re-election in April, and Sela posted on Instagram that Regev’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.”
That is an awfully Trumpian thing to say.
I saw this Netanyahu story a day or two ago and thought about posting it, but ultimately decided that it really only demonstrated that Netanyahu is a dick and we already knew that.
However, having Gal Gadot, who is arguably Israels most famous export right now, weigh in makes it much more newsworthy in my opinion.
Gadot is enormously popular in the US right now, but she has reached almost goddess levels of popularity in Israel, while Netanyahu, who is under investigation for corruption, has poll numbers that are dropping every day.
I would think it foolhardy on Netanyahu’s behalf to engage in a social media battle with Gadot who at this point it would not be hyperbolic to say could likely end his career with a few targetted Instagram posts or interviews on Israeli TV.
I have kind of wondered what Gadot’s politics were since I know that she is very proud of her homeland and served in the Israeli army, but she has been circumspect and only gave a few hints as to her opinions on what is happening at home and on politics here in America.
Coming out like this against Netanyahu may be a move that clarifies her position and gains her both new support, and of course, the wrath of anti-immigrant purists both here and in her homeland.
It’s a gutsy move, but then again, she is Wonder Woman.