Natalie Portman Is 'Very Disappointed' With Netanyahu's Re-election

Hollywood actress, who supported anti-Netanyahu group in the last Israeli elections, says she finds Netanyahu's 'racist comments horrific.'

Reuters

Hollywood actress Natalie Portman said she is "very disappointed" with Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election to another term as prime minister.

Portman, who will soon make her directorial debut in the Cannes Film Festival with an adaptation of Amos Oz's novel A Tale of Love and Darkness, told the Hollywood Reporter that she is "very much against Netanyahu."

"I am very, very upset and disappointed that he was re-elected. I find his racist comments horrific. However, I don't — what I want to make sure is, I don't want to use my platform [the wrong way]. I feel like there's some people who become prominent, and then it's out in the foreign press. You know, shit on Israel. I do not. I don't want to do that," Portman told the Hollywood Reporter.

Portman reportedly participated in a video for an Israeli movement aiming to vote out Netanyahu in the last elections. The group, V-15, ultimately decided not to release the video, fearing it might be construed as “foreign intervention.”

A Tale of Love and Darkness – written and directed by Portman, who also stars in it – was shot in Israel last year, and is a Hebrew language American-Israeli co-production.