Israel calls for apology over ‘anti-Semitic’ Netanyahu cartoon

Benjamin Netanyahu, as depicted by a 'London Times' caricature published on Sunday. — AFP pic
Benjamin Netanyahu, as depicted by a 'London Times' caricature published on Sunday. — AFP pic

LONDON, Jan 15 — Israel’s ambassador to London said yesterday Israel is planning to demand an apology for a controversial cartoon that appeared in the British Sunday Times, while one minister mulled steps against the paper.

“The newspaper should apologize for this. We’re not going to let this stand as it is,” Israeli Ambassador to London Daniel Taub told The Times of Israel

“We genuinely think that a red line has been crossed and the obligation on the newspaper is to correct that.”

The caricature sparked outrage among Jewish groups for its depiction of a bloodthirsty Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with the blood and bodies of Palestinians.

Accotding to The Times, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein told Army Radio that the government would probably refrain from filing an official complaint with the London-based paper. 

“We will think about how to act against the paper’s representative here in Israel.”