A well-known American Jewish journalist, Peter Beinart, was detained for questioning by Israel’s secret service, at Ben Gurion airport. The observant Jew from New-York was on his way with his wife and two young kids to celebrate a family event in Israel.
In his article I Was Detained at Ben-Gurion Airport Because of My Beliefs , Beinart writes “An Israeli government led by men who respect neither liberal democracy nor the rule of law now knows it has kindred spirits in Washington. […] Israel, like America, is getting uglier. And yet I can’t imagine not coming here. I’ll keep doing so until they bar me outright.”
Israel’s security services have been questioning more and more people about their political views. This would not have become a public issue and excited the Israeli as well as Jewish media outside Israel, had the detained not been well-known and influential. That influential, that Bibi Netanyahu half-apologised, by explaining that Beinart’s questioning had been an administrative mistake by a local officer.