Natalie Portman Softens Tone on Netanyahu, Just a Bit

Four months after she made harsh remarks against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Hollywood star Natalie Portman has softened her tone somewhat, in an interview with journalist Yonit Levy in Friday's Yediot Aharonot.

"I'm very much against Netanyahu. Against. I am very, very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected,” Portman told the Hollywood Reporter in May. “I find his racist comments horrific,” she added, regarding Netanyahu's election day warning to voters that Arabs were being bused to the ballots en masse.

She was more careful in the interview with Levy. “Israel is at a crossroads,” she said. “We understand that we are at a historic moment in which the state needs to understand how to be a Jewish democracy when the demography changes. I think that we, who have such a history with anti-Semitism, need to understand the dangers in racism, and understand how we treat minorities.

"I felt that Netanyahu's comments just before the election were not in the Jewish spirit of equality, mutual respect and peace, values that I would want my country to live by, and through which I would like it to present itself to the world. That is why I was disappointed,” she explained.


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