The topic of Jews has been a sensitive one since the end of World War two, and perhaps dating even further back than that. But they haven’t always had the greatest reputation. Negative stereotypes include over exaggeration of events, lying, superiority complexes, and greed. Jew jokes and memes are common and usually made in good fun, but recently, more and more Jews are being outed for their negative stereotypes. Harvey Weinstein, Corey Feldman, the list goes on and on.
In an interview with i24 News, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely outed American Jews for completely avoiding conflict and serving neither their country in Israel, nor the U.S military. During the interview, Hotovely touched on the Western Wall crisis, noting that American Jews are using this for political gain and don’t really care to visit the holy site which is presently at the center of an almost all out war between Israel and world Jewry over a non-Orthodox prayer space. At the very end of the interview, she admitted a truth that some may find concerning.
“People that never send their children to fight for their country, most of the Jews don’t have children serving as soldiers, going to the Marines, going to Afghanistan, or to Iraq. Most of them are having quite convenient lives. 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.”
As soon as she finished this statement, the hosts who were giving the interview conveniently cut her off, saying that they had run out of time. Reuters.com published an article on the matter, and had this to say:
According to a 2009 survey published by the congressionally-mandated Military Leadership Diversity Commission, an estimated 1.09 percent of the members of the U.S. armed forces are Jewish. The Pew Research Center estimated in 2013 that Jews make up about 2 percent of the U.S. adult population.
The next day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu literally rebuked Hotovely, saying that, “There is no room for such attacks and these comments do not represent Israel’s position.” It seems like relations between American’s and Jew’s are becoming even more tense and forced by the day, is there hope for a strong alliance? Or are we on the way to a complicated war between the Jews of Israel, the Jews of America, and the rest of U.S? Let’s have a conversation.