Yisrael Beytenu Anglos, the division of the Yisrael Beytenu party for the English-speaking community in Israel, sharply criticized on Thursday Meretz chairwoman MK Zahava Galon for her slip-up during a radio interview.
Galon, who was interviewed Wednesday morning on Army Radio, discussed the influence Diaspora Jews exert in Israel, and expressed frustration at the possibility of “Jew-boys” (the derogatory word is Yehudonim in Hebrew) deciding Israel’s fate.
“If 10 mandates [in Knesset] are enough to change how Israel determines whether to go to war with Iran or not,” Galon said, “organized groups will come from Brooklyn and get the right to vote. All the decisions about life and death here, whether to evacuate the territories, whether to authorize outposts, those sitting in New York or Brooklyn will decide for us?
“Groups of Jew-boys… Jews, organized in the Diaspora, will decide how we live here?” Galon continued, quickly correcting her mistake.
In response, Yisrael Beytenu Anglos said, “As Anglos in Israel we are outraged by Galon’s disgraceful comments. These type of comments should not pass without strong condemnation and we call for a complete retraction and full apology, especially when our friends and relatives in the Diaspora are disparaged in such an ugly manner. Furthermore, the lack of outrage by Galon’s ideological compatriots demonstrates the abject hypocrisy of those who constantly try and stifle the Nationalist Camp’s freedom of expression while ignoring the incitement amongst their own.”
Before her slip, Galon made reference to Nazi Germany when discussing Israeli politics and attempts to limit the Supreme Court’s power.
She said, “This is a matter of principle, are we an enlightened country that builds a wall to protect ourselves from a fired-up mob or oppressive majority… That is why they allowed judicial overseeing from the Supreme Court… It is the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, we’ve seen the power of an oppressive majority…”
Yisrael Beytenu Anglos said in response that Galon’s “invocation of the Holocaust for political point-scoring is unacceptable and should not be part of acceptable discourse. These comments, taken as a whole, reflect very badly on Galon and her party and should be remedied immediately.”
Following the incident, Galon told Arutz Sheva that the word had been “a slip of the tongue, I don’t know how it happened, and I corrected myself immediately.” She added, “If somebody was hurt, I apologize. Don’t analyze this or start to give it any hidden meanings.”