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Israeli model stands up to Netanyahu on equality

Popular Israeli model and actress Rotem Sela has riled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by reminding him that Israel has a diverse citizenry, including Arabs, who have the right to political representation.
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Israeli publicists are unlikely to advise their celebrity clients to post thoughts like those TV presenter and model Rotem Sela shared with her 800,000 or so followers: “When will anyone in this government tell the public that this is a country of all its citizens, and all people are born equal. The Arabs are also human beings.”

Sela hit the keyboard after watching a March 9 television interview with Culture Minister Miri Regev on “Meet the Press.” Regev, Sela wrote, “is sitting and explaining to Rina Matzliah that the public needs to beware, because if Benny Gantz is elected, he will have to create a government with the Arabs. Rina Matzliah is silent. And I ask myself: why doesn’t Rina ask her in shock: ‘And what’s the problem with the Arabs???’ Dear God, there are also Arab citizens in this country.”

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