Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Saturday evening appearance on Channel 12 News was interesting for more reasons than one.
Netanyahu was interviewed by veteran journalist Dana Weiss, who is by no means a fan of Bibi. But, in place of her usually scornful and combative demeanor, she seemed restrained and uncharacteristically cordial amid the mounting coronavirus crisis.
For his part, Netanyahu, who usually avoids mainstream television news like a plague, seemed pacified and sober.
Just don’t say ‘God’
After giving the prime minister an opportunity to explain his Corona crisis policy, and before moving on to talk about politics, Weiss asked, “You say this life-changing event is going to last for a long time … what can you say to the citizens?” Netanyahu began his response by lifting up his eyes and stating, “With God’s help…” At that point, Weiss interjected: “With the Weizmann Institute’s help.”
Weiss’ interruption angered ultra-Orthodox Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who said it is “shocking that in the Jewish state a disrespectful interviewer rudely interrupts Israel’s prime minister for saying ‘with God’s help.’”