Bennett teased for proposing ‘world Jewish singles’ event in Israel
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Bennett teased for proposing ‘world Jewish singles’ event in Israel

Education minister’s pre-Passover idea met with sneers, as social media users tell him to focus on schools; others say jokingly they would come ‘if there would be matzo balls’

Education Minister Naftali Bennett attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2017. (Marc Israel 
Sellem/Pool/Flash90)
Education Minister Naftali Bennett attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2017. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)

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.

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.

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.

While Bennett’s tweet was met by some with scorn, others expressed their support for the idea.

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.

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