Wife of Israel’s interior minister tweets Obama joke, apologizes


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The wife of Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom apologized after tweeting an inappropriate joke about President Barack Obama.

Judy Shalom Nir Mozes, who hosts an Israeli talk show, posted the joke Sunday and removed it shortly after, but not before unleashing a storm of criticism on social media in Hebrew and English.

“Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak,” the Mozes tweet read.

After deleting the tweet, Mozes apologized in a second tweet, saying: “I apologize, that was a stupid joke somebody told me.”

A second apology posted a half hour later was directed at the U.S. leader: President Obama I shouldnt have written the inappropriate joke I heard. I like people no matter about their race and religion.

A third apology read: “Sorry if I caused any offence to anyone. I hope I will stay married when my husband will land and hear what I did.”

Mozes has nearly 75,000 Twitter followers.

Shalom, of the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also is a vice prime minister.

There was no comment from the White House as of Sunday afternoon.

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