Israeli leader rebukes deputy over comment about US Jews


In her interview, Hotovely argued that most Jews living outside Israel, especially in the United States, lead "convenient" lives and do not understand the complexity of the region.

I might be sticking my nose into other folks business, but I just can't let Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely get away with her slur against American Jews and their relationship with Israel.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely gives a press conference on November 3, 2015 in the Lipski plastic factory at the Barkan Industrial Park near the Israeli settlement of Ariel in the occupied West Bank, on the European Union's (EU) decision to label goods made in Jewish settlements. "There is no place for such rabid criticism, and her remarks do not reflect the position of Israel".

Conservative Israelis and more liberal American Jews have often been at odds over contentious issues such as treatment of the Palestinian minority, settlement building in the disputed West Bank, and rules governing religious practices at Jerusalem's holy sites.

The statement went on to say that most of Hotovely's interview stressed the great importance she attaches to the connection between Israel and Diaspora Jewry.

But she then segued into a depiction of U.S. Jews as distant from the sacrifices other Americans make, and the threats that govern life in Israel.

Hotovely decried her disinvitation earlier this month from the Princeton University Hillel because of her past comments on Israeli Arabs. "One of my goals", she said, is to "bring American Jews closer to Israel".

Contending that American Jews don't understand the complexity of the region, she said: "Most (American) Jews don't have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan, or to Iraq". Majority are having quite convenient lives.

At least 200,000 U.S. Jews live in Israel and a considerable number of young people serve in the military, Haaretz reported. Gen. David Lee Goldfein is the U.S. Air Force chief of staff.

You can debate the merits of her argument and whether they are correct or not - in fact, they should be debated, because we need to pinpoint the real core problems (how about that rampant assimilation?).