Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday proposed Israel should host a “world Jewish singles” event, prompting social media users to respond with both derision and inquiries whether non-Jews may attend.
“What do you think about this idea: A World Jewish Singles gathering in Israel, let’s say for 4-5 days before Passover. Coming to meet other singles, music & cultural events etc.,” tweeted Bennett.
Bennett, who heads the right-wing Jewish Home party and is also diaspora affairs minister, asked Twitter users for their feedback.
“Please tell me here what you think. I really want to hear,” he wrote.
What do you think about this idea:
A World Jewish Singles gathering in Israel, let’s say for 4-5 days before Passover.
Coming to meet other singles, music & cultural events etc.
Please tell me here what you think. I really want to hear.
— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) June 20, 2018
Bennett’s tweet was met by many with jeers, with criticism ranging from calls for him to focus on education to noting there are already forums for single Jews to meet.
“There is Tinder for this. Focus on educating our children,” a Twitter user wrote in Hebrew.
Already exists…it's called Birthright
— David Sidman (@TheIsraeliShow) June 20, 2018
Others told Bennett to instead address the threat posed by Hamas, in light of the minister’s calls for Israel to directly target Palestinians flying incendiary devices toward Israel from the Gaza Strip.
I think you should focus your efforts to effectively protect our country and eradicate Hamas. Organizing orgies is not your job description.
— Naty Ben Adereth (@NatyBA555) June 20, 2018
While Bennett’s tweet was met by some with scorn, others expressed their support for the idea.
It’s a Great thing to do!!
— OHIO WOMEN 4 TRUMP (@OhioWomen4Trump) June 20, 2018
I love the idea. Face to face engagement, fun and culture . I’d like to have more details . Fantastic!
— GiGiJNT (@GiGiJanet1) June 20, 2018
Other responses asked about the logistics of such an event, with questions ranging from whether non-Jews can attend and if alcohol will be provided.
If there would be matzo balls count me in 😉 pic.twitter.com/5HDOFk7Thh
— NadavBas (@nadav_bas) June 20, 2018