Tzipi Hotovely Apologizes for Statements About American Jewry

Cheryl Sanders
November 24, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely's "offensive remarks" regarding the American Jewish community.

"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", said Hotovely, a member of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party. "There is no room for such attacks and these comments do not represent Israel's position", he said.

While Israel has often quarreled with American Jews over their right to advise it from afar, Hotovely's remarks went further by appearing to insinuate they are not fully committed to their native country, a notion U.S. Jewish organizations have long fought against in their battle against anti-Semitism.

"Among the American Jews are people who send their sons to fight in the Israeli army, and there are [also] of course people in America history who fought in the American military", Hotovely continued.

Lauder commended President Reuven Rivlin's call earlier in the day for "a renewed alliance, for a common language, between Israel and the Diaspora, before it is too late".

Hotovely said that she did not intend to offend lone soldiers serving in Israel or their families, or Jewish families who have members who served in the US army. "If Hotovely does not understand this, she can not fill her role for the good of the State of Israel".

Netanyahu reportedly rebuked Hotovely in their Wednesday meeting, which preceded the interview she gave i24news, about previous comments she had made about diaspora Jewry. Majority are having quite convenient lives.

After stating that she wished more American Jews would move to Israel to influence its political proves and to "bring American Jews closer to Israel", she segued into a depiction of U.S. Jews as distant from the sacrifices other Americans make, and the threats that govern life in Israel. "The use of partial quotes from a full interview only undermines the central message".

Netanyahu was reportedly considering dismissing Hotovely from her position as a result of the gaffe.

At least 200,000 U.S. Jews live in Israel and a considerable number of young people serve in the military, Haaretz reported.

"American Jewry is important to us, we are siblings, and siblings are allowed to have an argument within the family", Hotovely's statement said.

"For the past several years, I have watched with growing alarm as the divisiveness between Israel and the rest of the Jewish world deepens", Lauder said. Hillel later apologized and Hotovely spoke as scheduled in an event sponsored by the campus Chabad.

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