Israel’s response to Charlottesville hasn’t been as clear as you might have expected

Source: The Washington Post

 August 16

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Aug. 13. (Dan Balilty/Reuters)

As neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” one may have expected Israel’s response to be swift and unequivocal.

But as President Trump was being criticized in the United States for blaming violence on “both sides,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has styled himself as a leader of Jews everywhere, drew flak for giving no response at all.

On his Twitter account, he sent Independence Day greetings to India, highlighted security challenges posed by Iran and shared a video of himself signing an agreement to build 30,000 new apartments in the port city of Ashdod. But on Charlottesville, he was silent.

Trump’s presidency may have ushered in a climate where anti-Semitic attacks in the United States have spiked, but it has also put a vocal supporter of Israel in the White House after years of frayed relations under Obama. That leaves Israel’s leadership walking a precarious line.

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