Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot has proposed something so radical it added fire to a debate unfolding on Instagram over what it means to be Israeli: dialogue.
“What is the problem with the Arabs?” Sela asked on Instagram. “When the hell will someone in this government convey to the public that Israel is a state of all its citizens and that all people were created equal, and that even the Arabs and the Druze and the LGBTs and – shock – the leftists are human.”
Netanyahu’s reply directly opposed her statement.
“Israel is not a state for all its citizens,” he retorted, also on Instagram. “According to the nation-state law that we passed, Israel is the state of the Jewish people — and belongs to them alone.”
That’s when Gadot entered the fray, writing to her own legions of followers – that would be 28.3 million – that “love thy neighbor” is really the operative phrase here.
“It is not a matter of right or left, Arabs or Jews, secular or religious,” she wrote. “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.”
The debate stems from a law passed last year drew massive protests both in and outside Israel for legislating that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, as NBC Newsreported at the time. It also set Hebrew above Arabic as the official language, BBC News reported.
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