Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu criticized on Tuesday the call by dozens of rabbis not to sell or rent apartments to Arabs.
Speaking at the opening of the National Bible Contest for Adults in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said "How would we feel if someone overseas said that it is forbidden to sell apartments to Jews? Such things should not be said, not by Jews and not by Arabs. Such things should not be said in a democratic country, especially not in a Jewish and democratic one."
The prime minister's comments come after over 40 municipal rabbis signed a petition on Tuesday quoting Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, that Jews should not rent homes in Israel to gentiles.