The Minister of Transportation and Road Safety and the chairman of the Labor Party, Rabbi Michaeli, landed at Ben Gurion Airport on Saturday morning and returned to Israel after an absence of about a month and a half, following the birth of her son, Uri, in a surrogacy procedure. Michaeli stayed in the United States for many weeks because her son, Lior Schlein, was born prematurely.
This morning (Sunday), Michaeli posted a shared photo with her baby son on her Twitter account. “For years I have been fighting for equality in the world of work for women in general and for women with girls and boys in particular. This morning I am going out for the first time for a day of work with Uri at home. Now we will see me,” she wrote and caused a new storm.
Respondents reminded Michaeli of her opinion of the traditional nuclear family and the fact that for years she had emphatically said she was “non-parent” and not interested in having children. “Congratulations and good luck. Just remember that” the nuclear family is the most dangerous place for a child, “wrote one respondent.
On the other hand, there were of course also positive reactions. “As a father you must remember how parenting changed your life and everything you thought of before. The first time is a formative moment, a rebirth of the parents themselves. It is not her maximum now, so it is not right to remind her now of her sins and silly statements.”
Member of Knesset Moshe Abutbul of Shas, chairman of the Lobby for the Sabbath, today criticized Michaeli’s decision to return to Israel on Saturday. In a tweet on Twitter, he wrote: “Minister Michaeli has not been in Israel for about two months. Ok, we did not feel deprived either. But arriving on a flight on Saturday (when there are other options) as Minister of Transportation to this country proves insensitivity to our Jewish state. “I promise we will not shed a tear.”