Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman in the recent Marvel feature, hit out at Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he said the country is the homeland ‘only of the Jewish people.’
The Israeli actress took to Instagram, where she wrote: ‘Love thy neighbour.’
It is not a matter of right or left, Arabs or Jews, secular or religious.
It is a matter of dialogue, of dialogue for peace, and of our tolerance for each other.
It is our responsibility to shine hope and light for a better future for our children.
Her comment comes after fellow actress and model Rotem Sela defended the rights of Arab Israelis.
After watching an interview with Miri Regev, a minister in Netanyahu’s party, Sela wrote an angry post on her own page. “When the hell will someone in this government let the Israeli public know that this is a country for all its citizens and that every person is born equal. And also, that the Arabs are human beings.”
Netanyahu used Facebook to answer her: “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.
He refers to Israel’s approval of a ‘nation state’ last year which says only Jewish people have the right of self-determination.
“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,” Netanyahu continued on Facebook.
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. Good Day.
Gadot was crowned Miss Israel in 2004 and served two years in the Israel Defence Forces.
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Israeli elections will take place on 9 April.