Netanyahu apologizes for off-color remark on Mizrahim, says he feels 'connected' to all Israelis

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized on Friday for telling Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) "my Mizrahi gene got activated" during a dicussion they had over possibly postponing the launch of the Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC). 


Netanyahu has voiced his strong opposition to the IPBC, which is set to replace the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), over what he feels are the corporation's left-leaning inclinations. After Kahlon asked him on Thursday why he became is irate and demanded, then retracted a request to postpone its launch, Netanyahu replied that it was due to his "Mizrahi gene."


"I apologize for my comment from yesterday," tweeted Netnayahu on Friday. "I did not intend to hurt anyone. I am connected with every fiber of my being to all sector of Israel and cherish their substantial contribution to the legacy of our people and the building of our nation."


פרסום ראשון: 03.17.17, 12:01