Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister who came under fire after claiming US Jews lead comfortable lives and do not understand the complexity of living in the Middle East, was reportedly reprimanded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just hours before giving the controversial interview. Netanyahu is reportedly considering firing her.
Watch: Hotovely’s interview on i24news
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely was reprimanded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just hours before giving a controversial interview about US Jews, Channel 2 News reported exclusively on Thursday.
Netanyahu reportedly rebuked Hotovely in their Wednesday meeting, which preceded the interview she gave i24news, about previous comments she had made about diaspora Jewry.
Hotovely, Netanyahu Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90/Channel 2 News
In her interview, Hotovely argued that most Jews living outside Israel, especially in the US, lead “convenient” lives and do not understand the complexity of the region.
“Most of the Jews (outside Israel) don’t have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan, or to Iraq,” she said when asked why many Jews in the US are feeling more and more disconnected from the current Israeli policies. “Most of them are having quite convenient lives. They don’t feel how it feels to be attacked by rockets, and I think part of it is to actually experience what Israel is dealing with on a daily basis.”
Photo credit: Flash 90/Channel 2 News
Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that Netanyahu is considering firing Hotovely over her comments, which she has not retracted.
In an unusual move, Netanyahu issued a sharp condemnation of Hotovely’s remarks, calling them “offensive” and saying they do not reflect Israel’s position.