(JTA) – It’s gotta hurt when the guy who used to fund your political career writes two op-eds criticizing you in The New York Times.
Benjamin Netanyahu would know – that’s what’s happening to him right now.
On Monday, Netanyahu was the target of a scathing column by Ronald Lauder, the cosmetics heir who heads the World Jewish Congress. Lauder lamented Israel’s recent nation-state law, which Netanyahu defends as a safeguard of Israel’s Jewish character but critics see as a slap in the face to the country’s minorities. Lauder wrote that Israel’s turn to the nationalist right is betraying its – and the Jewish people’s – commitment to democratic, humanistic ideals. [Read more…]