Latest Issue

Report from Tel Aviv: The curious tale of Israel and its new far-right allies

Friends in low places

By Daniella Peled   March 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

When Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini—who has called for all Roma to be put on a register and for restrictions on shops owned by ethnic minorities—visited Israel last year, his trip included a one-to-one meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu and a tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Israeli left-wing activists greeted the visit with a doctored image showing Salvini’s face inside a washing machine. Their point was brutal: Yad Vashem was how Israel laundered unseemly reputations.

A yarmulke-wearing photo…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect