Earlier on Monday, ultra-Orthodox Shas MK Arye Deri responded to news of the relationship by saying, “If God forbid it’s true, then woe to us, woe to us.” Deri told the Kol Barama radio station the relationship was no mere personal matter because Netanyahu is a “symbol of the Jewish people.” “I know friends of mine who invest tens of millions and more, hundreds of millions to fight assimilation in the world,” Deri said.
Netanyahu was himself married to a non-Jewish woman, Fleur Cates, between 19.
But that has begun to change, due to an influx of foreign workers and the trend of Israelis studying and working abroad in an age of globalization.
“It’s certainly a trend that’s at the beginning,” he said, but one that nonetheless can make conservative Israelis feel threatened.
One study asked Jewish-Gentile couples to describe their greatest challenges.
Among the most commonly reported barriers was in their effort to find spiritual harmony.