Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman says she takes care to watch her words when discussing Israel politics.
Portman admits she has to be careful what she says about the country of her birth – because she doesn’t want to be seen to be criticizing Israel.
She explains, “I don’t want to use my platform (the wrong way). I feel like there’s some people who become prominent, and then it’s out in the foreign press. You know, ‘S**t on Israel’. I do not. I don’t want to do that.”
The comments came after Portman admitted she did not like some of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks ahead of his election.
Netanyahu apologized to Israel’s Arab citizens shortly after the election in March for an inflammatory comment he made on the day he learned he was to serve another term.
In a last-minute election push, Netanyahu warned that unless his supporters went out to vote, his right-wing party could lose because Arabs were heading to polling stations in large numbers.
He said, “The right-wing government is in danger. Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organisations are busing them out.”
He later insisted he had no problem with Israel’s Arab minority exercising its right to vote, but his initial remarks upset Arab leaders.