Netanyahu Slammed Over Son’s Shiksa

Yait Netanyahi reportedly dating non-Jewish Norwegian student Sandra Leikanger

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized by conservative Israeli lawmakers Monday after a report that his son Yair Netanyahu was dating a non-Jewish woman.

A Norwegian newspaper, Dagen, published the report that Yair Netanyahu, 23, was dating Norwegian student Sandra Leikanger, 25. It said that the Israeli PM told his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg at a meeting in Davos last week that his son and Leikanger had enjoyed a recent holiday in Norway.

The news was met with vocal criticism from some Israeli lawmakers. Nissim Ze’ev, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, told the Jerusalem Post Sunday: “As the prime minister of Israel and the Jewish people, he must display national responsibility via the values he presents inside his own household. I bet it pains him.” Ze’ev added “Any Jew who wants to maintain his roots wants to see his son marry a Jewish girl. There is no shortage of beautiful, successful girls without sowing in the fields of others.”

The anti-assimilation Jewish group Lehava said on Monday “Bibi’s son has found a Gentile! His father is proud of him and gives legitimacy to the assimilation and destruction of the Jewish people,” reports the Jerusalem Post. Judaism is traditionally seen as matrilineal, with a child’s religion determined by that of its mother.

Netanyahu’s office declined to comment on the relationship, according to AFP.

[The Jerusalem Post]

10 comments
renfieldc
renfieldc

Oh Yair!  How could you not find a nice Jewish girl?  There are so many available and you have to go and besmirch the Jewish faith. Oy Veh!  What a disappointment.  

Nemo1900
Nemo1900

Judaism and it's spawns Christworshipping and Mohammedan submission. Bane of human existence.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

Wow, open, outright racism from the ultrareligious jews. How very surprising.

Caleb
Caleb

Time needs to remove the word "shiksa" from this headline. The root word for "shiksa" is "abomination." It is a derogatory word used for a non-Jewish women, and is just as inappropriate as using the "n" word.  If Time were quoting someone using this insulting term, it might be understandable. Absent a direct quote, the headline needs to change to "non-Jewish woman."

LorenPaeglis
LorenPaeglis

This is not news. This is an invasion of privacy.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@Caleb "It is a derogatory word used for a non-Jewish women" -- yes it is, and as the context is openly racist statements by ultra-orthodox jews the use of it is appropriate.

Alyssa1982
Alyssa1982

@Caleb 


Agreed. On top of being sexist, purist, and frankly, a little racist it makes it out to be that the son had "no choice but to fall for the wiles of the that woman, and its a compulsion"


Please, join us in the 21st century. He's a grown man, and can we consider the possibility she is perhaps a fun, intelligent and caring young woman?


Since when did someone's race matter more than who they are?

DJW
DJW

@Alyssa1982 @Caleb 


@Alyssa1982 @Caleb  

"Since when did someone's race matter more than who they are?"


Race should't matter. But if the question is reasked: "Since when did someone's RELIGION matter more than who they are?", then the answer is simple:


Thousands of years ago. 


Like it or not, ALL major religions (at least the big three, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) are against marrying outside of the religion. That doesn't mean she's not "fun, intelligent and caring young woman." Neither the article, nor the critics quoted therein, are saying anything disparaging of her at all. It means that that is not relevant to the larger issue, which is the perpetuation of your faith and religion. In this case, it means that there are fun, intelligent and caring young woman to choose from who are also Jewish, and you don't need to turn your back on your religion in order to find a woman with such attributes. 

Of course, there are many in all religions who give not a whit for their religion, and are adherents in name only. That doesn't mean those who actually care about the religion, and are adherents to actual religious practices, need be silent in the face of violations of central religious tenets. 

Gunzel51
Gunzel51

@DJW

'Cept in the case of Islam where a Moslem man is permitted to marry a Christian and/or a Jewish woman. Moslem women are, however, forbidden to marry anyone other than a Moslem.