Netanyahu GA speech 311.
(photo credit: Avi Ohayon)
Binyamin Netanyahu gave his opinion on the controversy
surrounding the the new cultural center in Ariel on Sunday, telling his cabinet, "Someone that
considers himself a person of culture should not need to get
involved with boycotts.""Unfortunately I was abroad during the opening and therefore I was not
able to attend. I heard that there were people who called for the center
to be boycotted and attacked Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat.
Boycotts - we know how they begin but not how they end.
"I think that the cultural center is
important, and Ariel is important," the prime minister noted, explaining that he was involved at various
different stages in the establishment of the center.
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The storm surrounding the cultural center intensified on Saturday as dozens of Israeli cinema and television figures
decided to join other artists in protesting Livnat's plan to obligate
state-supported arts centers to require their actors to perform anywhere
in Israel, including in settlements beyond the Green Line, if they want
to continue to receive funding.
In a petition published online, the artists stated: "Together with you
we will stand up for our civil rights and moral duty to express our
opinion and to act according to our political positions and our
conscience, and therefore to try and influence the future of the State
The petition was signed by prominent directors Ari Folman, Keren Yedaya,
Eran Riklis, Ronit Elkabetz, Eytan Fox, and several others.