Australia has a new Prime Minister, with Scott Morrison replacing the ousted former PM Malcolm Turnbull after a party vote. Josh Frydenberg, who has been energy minister, was elected deputy leader of the ruling Liberal party.
Josh happens to be a proud Jew. So much so that this is what it looked like when he was just sworn in.
Yarmulke on head while holding a Tanakh (Hebrew bible).
Not only that, but last year, he took part in a ceremony to mark the completion of the first Torah to be written in Parliament House.
Besides being a proud Jew, Josh comes from a very Zionist family. My mother tells me that she knew his father, who was a doctor, and “one of the first volunteers to go to Israel during the Six Day War.”
Needless to say, there are those who are not happy at the reality of a Jewish deputy PM. One Jew hater made this known by revising Josh’s Wikipedia entry (click on the image to enlarge):
The revision has since been removed.
I wish Josh much success in his new role, and invite him to join me for a beer if – no, when – he next makes it to Israel!