Gal Gadot hits out at Netanyahu over ‘Jewish people’ comment

“Israel is not a state for all its citizens. According to the nation-state law that we passed, Israel is the state of the Jewish people — and belongs to them alone,” Netanyahu wrote.

F. Brinley Bruton and Yael Factor, NBC News, March 11, 2019

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot waded into the debate over what it means to be Israeli after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country is the homeland “only of the Jewish people.”

“Love thy neighbor,” the Israeli actress said Sunday on Instagram, where she has 28.3 million followers.

“It is not a matter of right or left, Arabs or Jews, secular or religious,” she added. “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.”

Earlier Sunday, Netanyahu addressed “slightly confused people” on Instagram after model and actor Rotem Sela — a friend of Gadot’s — defended the rights of Arab Israelis. The minority makes up around 20 percent of the country’s population.

“Israel is not a state for all its citizens. According to the nation-state law that we passed, Israel is the state of the Jewish people — and belongs to them alone,” Netanyahu wrote.

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