Regev Gets “Ultimate Proof” in Culture War

YERUSHALAYIM -

An Israeli director gave Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev fresh ammunition in her campaign to stop funding of subversive artists as he denounced the Israeli government as “fascist’ during an awards ceremony in Berlin.

Regev cited director Udi Aloni’s comment as “ultimate proof” for the rightness of cutting off subsidies to such artists. Aloni is the son of Shulamit Aloni, the late founder of the left-wing Meretz party.

Aloni told reporters in remarks broadcast in Israel that Germany should cancel its program of supplying Israel with submarines because of its “fascist” government.

However, Aloni claimed that he was referring specifically to the current government, not Israel as a country. He accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in particular of spreading hatred.

Regev, whose move to cut funding to theater groups and others who criticize the country has triggered a left-wing backlash, stated that Aloni’s remarks were “the ultimate proof that artists who undermine the country, who smear it and attack its legitimacy should not be funded at the taxpayer’s expense.”